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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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06/13/2006 | 03:34 PM
Roger è il tennis.
La finale di domenica è stata uno spettacolo visivo senza pari e, anche in quell'occasione, Roger ha dimostrato che è l'unico in grado di mettere in seria difficoltà Nadal.
Buon lavoro Roger!
06/13/2006 | 03:16 PM
nadal is agressive player. always play with troath.
06/13/2006 | 03:02 PM
Dear Roger :-)
Roland Garros is gone!
Wimbledon is coming!
you are the best!
you will be the champion agian!
06/13/2006 | 02:52 PM
Its been almost a year since I posted any comment on this sight but I feel it necassary to share just a little with everyone who might be heavy at heart now. This is the stiffest challenge yet ever since Roger became number one, and perhaps a test to see
06/13/2006 | 02:28 PM
The points you played at your own level show that it's only a matter of time when you will complete your trophy shelf. Forza Roger!
06/13/2006 | 02:07 PM
Roger, don't give up. We all believe you.Though Nadal is strong in Roland-Garros, but we all have seen your progress. And now, foget it. Let's think about the Wimbledon and the future.
06/13/2006 | 01:40 PM
I am sure you can put away al this stuff you told us all that RG was a bonus. but i really, hope you win the wimbledon. Recover soon from Rg.
hoping to see you in flying colors and a wide grin when you win the slam.
you are the best.
06/13/2006 | 12:21 PM
Yes its green , its green !
Roger, put the red behind you, and look forward to the green season.
Stay healthy and so...... looking forward to see yr great shots ahead. I just luv Wimbledon and the green grass games.
HOPP.......................ROGI !
06/13/2006 | 12:18 PM
Hi Roger,

Please read this, I think you will see that it holds some truth.

Nadal is the best thing to happen to you, this may sound crazy, but here me out. Before Nadal emerged as a true talent at the top of the game, there was no one to really ch
06/13/2006 | 12:04 PM
ignore what the media said. it's not that important.
dunno if you'll be reading this Roger but just have something to say.
after your win in Wimbledon last year & once you started playing again in the States, i realised that your timing on court is off
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