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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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06/12/2006 | 02:07 PM
Ohh rogi..U Hav lost again..But Hey Cmon there's always another& We all know that clay is not your best surface & that 'The no more teen' is the best only on clay!
Lets Look into the future..we Hav the Wimbly..and Halle and hey rafa cant even manage to
06/12/2006 | 02:05 PM

06/12/2006 | 02:00 PM
I don't think that Rafa is better than Roger. Considering yesterday, Rafa's prestige of his play is based on Roger's powerful play.. I'm disappointed with the result.. Maybe there was a negative feeling or mood on Roger.. Yesterday i saw not only Federer
06/12/2006 | 01:49 PM
Nobody else but you knows what had been happening lately in your mind. It is as you have lost the KILLER INSTICT that all champions must have, and you had.
I don’t know if you are going to read these lines, anyway I write them with my best intenti
06/12/2006 | 01:11 PM
Dear Roger,

I went to Roland Garros for the semi and the final, with my wife Ann (she is your biggest fan) and were not happy about your defeat. But, it was not your day and it is not your best surface. Sport is like that (for everyone) sometime you wi
06/12/2006 | 12:58 PM
I am a fan...but not a fanatic.

Some of you say Roger had a bad day.

But let's face the truth: 6-1

Rafa has the ability to exploit the Roger weaknesses and is better than him, in face to face encounters.

Of course if we look all the year, fed
06/12/2006 | 12:54 PM
Definitely not him yesterday...after a wonderful first set he just gave the match to Nadal...i don't know what happened out there but i was so sorry to see him lose because of the many unforced errors he made...it wasn't the match i expected....i mean i
06/12/2006 | 12:47 PM
i think federer > nadal in most aspects of his gaming such as technique skill and intelligence.

but nadal was in better physical condition , made less errors and fought more for it. that's why he won versus a better opponent such as Roger Federer.

06/12/2006 | 12:45 PM
I thought you had him in the first set, but c'est la vie. There's always next year. And Roger Federer's still the greatest ever. Loss builds character, right?
06/12/2006 | 12:40 PM
everybody knows that federer is the only player who can make the grand slam. his tennis is based on inspiration and now he has an aim to come back to Paris and win Roland Garros. i am sure that after this lose his game will become better and better and sk
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