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Nadal triumphs once again

14.05.2006 | Tennis

Roger lost the final against Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-0), 6-7 (5-7), 4-6, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7) in a match played on a very high level.


In the win-lost statistic Roger dropped to 39-3 this year, with all losses coming to Nadal. The other two came in finals at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in March and the Monte Carlo Masters last month.


Roger showed a lot more aggressive tactics than in the final in Monte Carlo, when he lost serve seven times. He only served-and-volleyed sparingly, but aimed for the corners and followed his baseline shots into the net at every opportunity. Nadal broke serve only three times.


Nadal played his usual baseline game, and his heavy topspin consistently gave Roger problems. Our favourite shanked several shots high into the stands. Roger was coming off two long three-set matches. Nadal hadn't dropped a set since his first-round win over Carlos Moya.


Rome remains one of only four Masters Series events where Roger has not triumphed. Monte Carlo, Madrid and Paris are the others. He also lost the Rome final in 2003 to Felix Mantilla.


Rafael Nadal has now beaten Roger in four straight matches, including the semifinals last year at Roland Garros. The Spaniard has also tied Guillermo Vilas' (1977) record 53-match winning streak on clay in the Open era. Nadal began his streak at the Monte Carlo Masters in April 2005 and has now won nine straight tournaments on clay.

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05/16/2006 | 02:06 PM
Roger why you lose? why you lose the chance to win? you was best from him
your play was very very good and so best from Nadal on clay ground . I see this in your last match with him , you can win in a three sets but you was tardy some thing ,you must ta
05/16/2006 | 01:22 PM
you won't be playing in hamburg?damn. yeah.. get lots of rest..I'm telling you, aiden HELPS! so does alkaline trio!!!!!!!!HAHAHA!!
05/16/2006 | 01:14 PM
Hi Rogi, I was in Rome and I've seen you against Almagro, Nalbandian and Nadal. I'm so disappointed for your final loss, but you played well, I like the way you played, and now I think you are able to win over Nadal next time you will face him on clay.
05/16/2006 | 01:14 PM
Just 2 points to victory. You'll get him next time he looked worried. Keep it up.

Federer Fan GB
05/16/2006 | 12:55 PM
TO GUY_NV.....best comment I've read on this website.You have lifted my spirit to new heights as I have been so devasted over Rafa's supremacy over our dearest FED. I hope Roger feels the same way (if he ever gets to read the comments)
thks a zillion...
05/16/2006 | 10:33 AM
I watched the match stay up all night. you offered a perfect match. When you got two match point and at the final set you keep ahead 4-1,I expected you can win the match.But you do not holded the key opportunity.try again!you must overcome yourself!
05/16/2006 | 09:59 AM
Thx Roger for this fantastic match. I think the time is right in Paris for gain the title. You were great coming back in the 4th set and I thought you could win but...Looking forward for the grand slam!
05/16/2006 | 09:49 AM
remeber you are the BEST EVER and you had only the bad luck against Rafael, I'am very confident for your Roland Garros because you played much better than Nadal.
During Rome tournmets I watched you playng tennis for the first time...I cannot beli
05/16/2006 | 09:18 AM
dear roger;
congradulation you were great in the final.
you are numbre 1 for ever, i belive in you.
i am sure that you will beat nadal next time.
with my best wishes.
05/16/2006 | 08:01 AM
i woke up at 7.30 a.m to watch the game and I broke a chair watching you lost, i felt bad all day long, but now I want you to beat Nadal in the Roland Garros final, do it for us. This is the time to do it. Ramses