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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.

 

 

 

NADAL WINS BUT HAILS FEDERER (sportinglife.com)

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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06/12/2006 | 03:44 PM
Hi Roger,

I don't like to see you lose. You are the best among the best. Keep the winning streak going!!!

Love,
Pal
06/12/2006 | 03:40 PM
I've been reading some of the comments from your fans. You have wonderful support and you deserve it. But it makes me crazy how so many people tell you what you need to do. You and your camp know far better than any fan what you need. I for one trust
06/12/2006 | 03:07 PM
Roger,
I am so sad, really, like Ljubicic, we want your victory because YOU ARE THE BEST PLAYER and GREAT MAN. Your tennis is beautiful, never forget that.
We in CROATIA love you, all the best and good luck!
06/12/2006 | 03:03 PM
Dear Roger -

My entire family and I are so proud of you - you are a professional and a true joy to watch! Take care of yourself and we look forward to each and every tournament that you participate in - you are such a class act on and off the court.
06/12/2006 | 02:43 PM
Well what should we say. I don't care much about what people say around me, I care for how Roger feels, how he thinks, what he needs. He lost himself for a while on court last Sunday, and we ask WHY? Maybe it's not matter now, we just want to know whether
06/12/2006 | 02:43 PM
When you reach this point, I think that Luck plays some role in winning and losing, so I wish you luck next times.
06/12/2006 | 02:38 PM
Roger

Next time please don't give up. I feel that you quite give it up in the second set when your backhand didn't work. good luck in wimbledon and pleae beat Rafa next time. don't want to hear you lost to him again
06/12/2006 | 02:30 PM
i mourn for the loss of this match, but not you, you outshone that little tray you got, i'm already looking forward to the rest of the year where its no longer red, n watch you play him again. win lose aside its just wonderful tennis when you two meet.
06/12/2006 | 02:26 PM
So what!
Roger is still a World No 1. We have confident in you, Roger. Keep going. Try more and more, beat Nadal at the Wimbledon. You're a Champ,always. All the Best.
06/12/2006 | 02:16 PM
you don't have to regret
you do your best !
it wasn't your day
but keep up
good luck in Wimbledon
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