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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 | 02:14 AM
You played unbelievable! It's just that you shouldn't of have done over that point when you were at 40-0.
06/14/2006 | 01:32 AM
hey roger, it's ok that you lost to nadal in the final. life is never fair. anyways, i think you should try as hard as you can to forget about Nadal( i know it's very hard) and now focus on the grass season. show the world as Nadal showed us, that ur the
06/14/2006 | 01:27 AM
Roger. I'm sure you are going to win Rolland Garros. Your tennis is far better then anybody elseses. Of course you cannot be always the best. But you are always going to be number 1. Because i saw in you a gigantic tennis player and a REAL human being. Yo
06/14/2006 | 12:29 AM
hi Roger,
Just a few frank comments about the final
1. You were unable to match Rafa's intensity on the court. It looked like the basically he out hustled you from the second set on. You let him get comfortable and dictate play. You have to dictate pla
06/13/2006 | 10:27 PM
Roger to beat Nadal you need to play better. You played great in the first set. The next sets you missed so many shots down the line. Play more cross court. You tried hitting to many backhands down the line and with topspin. You should have sliced more.
06/13/2006 | 10:27 PM
Roger to beat Nadal you need to play better. You played great in the first set. The next sets you missed so many shots down the line. Play more cross court. You tried hitting to many backhands down the line and with topspin. You should have sliced more.
06/13/2006 | 09:57 PM
Roger - always in a class of your own. Your grace in the face of what must be a crushing defeat is an example for athletes everywhere - and you without much practice in handling defeat! Your loss must be endured but I know you'll be back fighting (and w
06/13/2006 | 09:32 PM
The match was at least 80% psychological and it was just painful and frustrated to Roger falling apart so quickly. I felt so bad the whole day!:(
I think even though Nadal is strong and quick, his strong traits are his use of tactics and his ability to
06/13/2006 | 08:54 PM
Roger:

I think you made all that you could do, don't worry, for me you are going to be the number one forever.

patty
06/13/2006 | 07:56 PM
Stand proud and tall - you are still #1 in the world and will continue to do great things on & off the court. Whatever disappoint we may feel as fans doesn't compare to your sadness. Just move on quickly to grass that you play so splendidly on....and d