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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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06/13/2006 | 10:07 AM
Hi Roger,
BElow is a post on one of the tennis chat boards:
"Duh, Federer is far and away the #1 player, and IMO one of the top 3 greatest ever. But he's never been tested like this, and the fact that he was not able to rise up to the occassion on his f
06/13/2006 | 09:08 AM
Hello Roger!
I can't imagine how sad you were when you lost! it was quite clear from the look in your eyes. :-(
but you lost to a worthy opponent. '
And still you are our number one!
Lots of luck for the next tornaments! :-)
06/13/2006 | 08:55 AM
I think that Federer can´t blame himself for that. He wins his matches in an exciting way, allways trying to offer good tennis. If he´s bored, his fans should respect that, period. Physical conditions are a factor also.

I don´t think that "him" or "the
06/13/2006 | 08:47 AM
YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!YOU ARE OUR HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/13/2006 | 07:58 AM
Hi Roger
As most of the other comments say - don't listen to the media - you ARE the best all round tennis player and 2nd best on clay in the world. Perhaps you have become so used to beating everyone else easily that is why you have struggled against Na
06/13/2006 | 07:15 AM
Hi Roger,

If you are reading this post comment, could you please get rid of the red clay color of your website background. I know this is asking alot, but if you keep it all year, it's a bit obsessive/compulsive. I mean, the FO is OVER.

How about a
06/13/2006 | 06:48 AM
I was in Rome and saw final against Nadal. Roger, you played fantastically well and had two match points. I thought you were going to beat Nadal in that match. I thought at that time that you could beat Nadal at the French. I still think you can beat h
06/13/2006 | 05:59 AM
.......reports come & reports go......
.......look forward Rog...not backward......
......u r the BEST.....& NO report can change that......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/13/2006 | 04:28 AM
roger,

its just an off-night. i know that you can win it next year. learn from this and move forward. remember, there are two more slams to win. good luck and God Bless!
06/13/2006 | 04:21 AM
I honestly think you are tired of winning the tiltles and I think you are afraid of nadal because he beats you almost everytime when you guys play. He beats you on hardcourt as well as in caly. If you don't become mentally strong he will beat u in the