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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 | 04:12 AM
This is a message from my Dad.

Dear Mr. Federer,

I take this opportunity to convey this sincere message to you.

I am your big fan and I very keenly watch your French Open final which you unfortunately lost. Of course, we were all very much disap
06/14/2006 | 02:24 AM
Sir Roger,

I was so sad w/ that lost. It haunts me even in my sleep. Huhuhuu. Anyways. Nadal was really good. Next time you have to play him muscle to muscle. He is such a hard hitter. You should match that strenght. I still believe that one day in cla
06/13/2006 | 10:42 PM
Dear Roger,

I agree with every words of MC1 posting on 12/6/06. I was very sad to see you lost after a magnificient first set. I did wish you finished Nadal 6-0 first set to start serving 2nd set but... Now I would like to share some o f my exper
06/13/2006 | 10:07 PM

Do not worry - You are defintely going to win this GS either 2007 or 2008. This will just make you more hungry.

Look last year you were in the semi's, this year the final, and next year you will WIN! PERIOD! I can't wait.

I believe that in
06/13/2006 | 10:02 PM
I think Roger should talk to James Blake or watch some of his matches against Nadal. I think he has a winning record against him (not on clay obviously), and his attacking type of tennis really threw Nadal off because he couldn't play his game.
06/13/2006 | 09:10 PM
Dear Roger,


JusticeForAll (big fan from England) has spoken for many of us. You are the reason I follow tennis. You play so beautifully and you are such a beautiful person.

I'd like to share with fellow fa
06/13/2006 | 08:55 PM
Thank you, Big Fan From England! Very well said. (I, for one, wouldn't mind reading long messages from you again.) Federer is the reason I follow tennis. He plays so beautifully and he's such a beautiful person.

There's a UK Telegraph story filed d
06/13/2006 | 08:41 PM
Only like sees alike... Greatest Pete Sampras mentioned once that among all current tennis players ONLY Roger Federer has the capacity and the will-power to be the best. Do you remember Sampras-Agassi rivalry? That will never happen between Federer and
06/13/2006 | 08:39 PM
À: mon cher Roger
De: Pei Yu

Il vous a félicités car il a tenté un autre temps quand conquérir Raphaël, le résultat n'a pas été satisfait peut-être, mais peut-être il vous a améliorés beaucoup aiment devant Raphaël.

Personne ne
06/13/2006 | 08:35 PM
Hi roger,

i have to agree with alot of people here that are saying you have lost abit of your fighting spirit lately in some of your matches i don't know if it is the clay season that does this or if it is nadal that is in your head before going to the
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