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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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06/14/2006 | 02:23 PM
I feel it was just nadals day
Actually u played good but the intense pressure which developed on u in the 2 set made the things worst
U shouldnt feel disappointed as there is always a second chance.
V hope next year u will take away that crown from nad
06/14/2006 | 01:20 PM

It was great to reach the final, i thougt it was the perfect time to beat Nadal. The first set was perfect, and suddenly you lost your confidence to never gain it again.
I think Nadal is a great challenge for you and he's feeling confortable wi
06/14/2006 | 09:48 AM
dear roger,
this was one more disappointing match for us.u did not lose to rafa .u lost to urself.we had been expecting u so much.why can't u defeat him like anyone else?why do u get nervous?r u going easy on him?this is not what fans and peter carter ex
06/14/2006 | 09:36 AM
dear roger,it was extremely hard to believe that you lost the match even after winning the first set so easily.this clearly shows that you were something like distracted or the like.i'm sure you can win against anyone including that show-off rafa.it's not
06/14/2006 | 08:29 AM
Dear Roger
This is the first time I post my comments. I think my feeling is not much dfiferent from your other fans. We are still feeling so sad and looking forward to the day you crush Nadal. We will live to wait and we know that we don't need to wait
06/14/2006 | 07:57 AM

Congratulations on reaching the Finals at Roland Garros. You came one step closer than last year so that is definitely something to be proud of. Win or lose, you are an inspiration to all of us-- you always play with such class. I will be ro
06/14/2006 | 06:34 AM
sometimes the best way to play is to forget about everything and be in the moment, just you, the ball and the court and to enjoy, try to have fun like you used to. i'm sure you still do but the pressure sometimes takes over, the mind, the game. you are
06/14/2006 | 06:25 AM
Dear Roger,
We are all so sad that your dream did not come true this year. It looked like you didn't take all you chances when you had them. You will most definitely play even better next year. I hope you will get to practice on clay through out the y
06/14/2006 | 05:25 AM
Dear Roger,

I was so shocked and my heartbreaking lasted for a couple of days.
I didn’t want to see you were defeated by Nadal any longer.
But when thinking calmly, having gone into final of the French Open is great. You have progressed steadily ever
06/14/2006 | 04:59 AM
Roger you gave it your all. The win will still come sometime. In some ways maybe this wasn't the one to win. You were carrying in so much pressure, number 1 in the world, winner of the last 3 slams, winner of Australian open to start the possibility of