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Roger defeated by Nadal in thrilling final

11.06.2006 | Tennis

Unfortunately Roger was not able to make a huge tream come true today. He lost to Rafael Nadal at today's final of the French Open: 6-1, 1-6, 4-6, 6-7.

"Rafael totally deserved to win this tournament," Roger said after the match. The Spaniard extended his Roland Garros perfect record to 14-0 and his winning streak on clay to 60 matches, leaving Roger opponent one match shy of becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slams simultaneously.

Roger was in a class of his own in the first set, breaking twice a nervous Nadal. The 20-year-old Spaniard, however, hit back in the second and pocketed the third having saved four break points. He then broke in the first game of the fourth set but Roger needed only one break point to level at 5-5, only for Rafael Nadal to win the tiebreak 7-4 and the match after three hours and two minutes.

 
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06/12/2006 | 11:34 PM
Hi Roger,

I thought your semi-final against Nalbandian was where things started to go bad for you. He didn't test you in a way that would have better prepared you for the final (It reminded me of your quarter-final against Agassi in the 2005 Australian
06/12/2006 | 10:41 PM
It was very painful to see you lose to Nadal, specially when we know that you are greatest tennis player. I think that the duel between you and Nadal has become a mental thing, specially for you. During the match I keep on screaming " come on Roger, attac
06/12/2006 | 09:29 PM
Pitty that you lost...Roger. I was hoping that you beat Nadal.

You didn`t play that bad to Nadal. Only the second set, don`t know what happend.

But the third and fourth set, you was unlucky to lose a break there. And when you had the chance you didn
06/12/2006 | 08:50 PM
Roger,

Let's face it: playing Nadal with his wierd, high bouncing ground strokes on clay puts you at a disadvantage in the French Open. However, you really weren't that sharp either on Sunday or in your semi-final. Maybe it was the heat or you just c
06/12/2006 | 08:47 PM
Hey Roger!

I really admire how you stay calm on the
court (at least how you appear to be calm).
I can only imagine the things that were in
your mind during the RG finals, especially
with the unforced errors in the last set. I
guess that's one
06/12/2006 | 08:44 PM
Although,
Hearts were broken;

Eyes were filled with tears ;

Dreams were turned into ashes;

But still hope is there.

Though it was a sad moment for me and everyone.But I still hope that one day u'll gonna win this title.
Do not lose your cou
06/12/2006 | 08:14 PM
To me it came down to that 40-0 point that was called out at 1-0 second set. It looked liked you were a being a good sportman and said it was in. On that point the match turned - you were just about to consolidate your break in the second set. Inst
06/12/2006 | 08:08 PM
No worries Roger, you are one hell of a classact!!!!
06/12/2006 | 08:00 PM
Roger, my love, your smile is is my mind.....with no tears. Only if you won. You are the best tennis player of the century, and Rafa...he is number TWO.
06/12/2006 | 07:37 PM
Roger, you can do it, you can win RG, you could have won yesterday. You know your game and that despites errors you can win. You knew the strategy against Nadal but you didn't used it throught all the match...it seemed you didn't believe it anymore.. You