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12.06.2006 | Tennis

Nadal a perfect foil for Federer in duel (Houston Chronicle)

No. 1 player's lone nemesis wins 2nd French title

For a moment, the boy in Rafael Nadal blinked. There was a brief quiver, a rare hint of vulnerability.

Well, imagine that. It was the French Open final, and he was trying to close out Roger Federer, who some believe is the best who ever wielded a tennis racket. Later, having survived the shaky interlude and gone on to earn — earn — his second French title, Nadal, too, would humbly pronounce Federer the greatest. But with a caveat.

"Just not here," he added, eliciting a mix of whoops and gasps from the sunburned Roland Garros crowd of more than 15,000.

But "just not here" is exactly right. Fact are facts. Federer may rule most of the planet, from Melbourne to Wimbledon to Flushing Meadow, but even his feet can turn to clay on the terre battu, particularly when he's confronted by the 20-year-old matador from the lovely Spanish island of Majorca, who won his second French Open on Sunday 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4).




Nadal denies Federer glory (Business Day)

RAFAEL Nadal scrambled across the sun-baked clay for three hours in debilitating heat, chasing another French Open title yesterday.

The effort paid off and Nadal won 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6 (4). He extended his record clay-court winning streak to 60 matches. The 20-year-old Spaniard also prevented the top-ranked Federer from becoming only the third man to hold all four major titles at the same time.

Federer’s first loss in eight Grand Slam finals came at the only major he has yet to win and at the hands of nemesis Nadal, who also won when they met at Roland Garros last year in the semifinals. Federer fell to 0-4 against Nadal this year; he is 44-0 against everyone else.





Two-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal revealed his admiration for Roger Federer after defeating the world number one in their much-awaited clash in Paris on Sunday.

Nadal, who has now won 60 consecutive victories on clay and still has not lost a single match in two French Opens, also prevented Federer from winning his fourth Grand Slam in a row following titles at Wimbledon, the US Open and Australia.

The 20-year-old Nadal had been claiming since the start of the fortnight that Federer was the favourite to lift the much-coveted trophy but proved himself wrong.

However, the Spaniard insisted Federer was still way ahead of him in terms of level of play and potential. "If I look at the rankings and at the difference of points between us, he is definitely the number one simply because he plays very well overall," said Nadal.




Beaten again at the French Open, Federer looks to rebound on grass (Covers, Canada)

Maybe what Roger Federer needs to beat Rafael Nadal is a change of scenery.

Bring on the grass.

The lawn tennis season begins this week - just the thing to put a little spring back in Federer`s step. He`ll start preparing for Wimbledon by playing in Halle this week after losing to Nadal in the French Open final Sunday.

It was a wrenching loss for the top-ranked Federer, who was bidding for his fourth consecutive Grand Slam championship. Instead, Nadal won his second successive French Open title by beating Federer for the fifth time in a row, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Nadal extended his record clay-court winning streak to 60 matches.

"He`s tough to beat, but he`s not impossible to beat,"Federer said. "That`s a big difference. Otherwise, we wouldn`t have to play. He can just lift the trophy on the first day."




Federer looks back on agonising loss (Zee News)

World number one Roger Federer has admitted that he let a golden opportunity to complete his grand slam collection slip through his fingers.

The 24-year-old Swiss player came close to claiming the only trophy missing from his cabinet.

Competing in his first final on the red clay of Roland Garros in Paris, the seven-time grand slam winner would have become just the third man to hold all four majors at the same time.

The Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion would have been the first to do so since Rod Laver in 1969.

But once again clay ace Rafael Nadal was standing in his way.


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06/14/2006 | 02:38 PM
It's Green!

Thank you Roger!

06/14/2006 | 02:36 PM
I waited with bated breath for the event on the clash of the tennis titans...Alas! my hero was vanquished by his archnemesis...Still, Roger Federer does not diminished his stature as the world's number 1 tennis player sans the French title...He is still m
06/14/2006 | 02:13 PM
I believe that YOU WILL WIN THE FRENCH OPEN & be the greatest GRAND SLAM winner that has ever played.Also, YOU WILL WIN A CALENDAR GRAND SLAM also. You are an excellent player that make adjustments on the "go". However, please do not waste your time worr
06/14/2006 | 01:41 PM
All i want to say is that these guys, the reporters, are real professionists!!! I love the way they make justice through written words!!!
And about Roger : * He's not only a brilliant genius tennis player, he's also an impecable athlete!!! I am prou
06/14/2006 | 10:47 AM
No has ganado ese mierda de open frances ni este ano (how useful seem now the spanish curses i've learned from my ex-boyfriend whose name was... guess what? also Rafael; pareces que todos los maricones de Espana se llaman asi) Pero no importa, en algunos
06/14/2006 | 09:47 AM
mükemmellerin de dinlenmeye ihtiyaci vardir:) Toprak kortta Nadal bir korku olabilir senin için ama hepsi bu!!
06/14/2006 | 08:40 AM
dang it!
Roger Federer can EASILY beat Nadal!!! i reckon that when you play nadal...there's a heavy weight on your shoulders and huuuge expectation. your game goes awry too...its more than a game of tennis that's on your mind.
BUT what's nadal got to l
06/14/2006 | 07:33 AM
Dear Roger,

Everytime I look at your foto posted here where you raised your finalist trophy, you look like youre crying and it pains me. Everytime I think of your loss it makes me cry. But that's in the past now. You did try your best, despite what eve
06/14/2006 | 07:07 AM
Dear Roger,

I don't even know where to start and what to say! You played an awesome first set and you fought till the end like a hero! At the end you congratulated Nadal and you proved that you are a true gentleman and tennis player!
You probably wer
06/14/2006 | 07:06 AM
o come on!... why all this negativity??...I mean , we are writing comments here because we all love Roger , not to condemn him.

If you dont hav anything nice to say to Roger, dont say it at all! thats my opinion.
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