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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 | 04:12 AM
I defintely agree with you on how great Nadal's physical condition is but Federer has expierence and understands how to win on all surfaces.
06/13/2006 | 04:04 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
06/13/2006 | 04:02 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
06/13/2006 | 03:46 AM
Now there is no way to go but up.When sampras lost trying to defend his first U.S. open.The feelings he had bother him so much he vow if possible to never feel that way again.I'm thinking your there,so get up dust yourself off.Now Tennis is yours for the
06/13/2006 | 03:31 AM
C,mon Fed,
Give it all you got! Why were you holding yourself back? It was a really unsatisfactory match and I am thoroughly disappointed. I felt you did not put in your 100 percent. The first set was incredible, but the second was equally terrible. Ther
06/13/2006 | 03:24 AM
Dear roger,
you are the best tennis player ever, and you will always be. you are the champion in my heart no matter what others say about you on clay.
i know you must feel disappointed yesterday, we all do.
it's like Daniel Powter's song"bad day". yes
06/13/2006 | 03:15 AM
Dearest Roger,

It doesn't matter you lose sometime. Keep the spirit up and play tennis as you always do. You play such a wonderful and inspiring tennis.

I want to see you play tennis forever!!!

06/13/2006 | 03:12 AM
YOU ARE THE BEST!!! But probably that was not your day!!! It's ok Roger just keep being positive about it and focus on your next gram slam!!!
06/13/2006 | 02:40 AM
Dear Rogi,

What can I say? It was truly heartbreaking that you lost to Nadal. But there's nothing to be ashamed about. Conceding that point in the second set, even when the umpire has ruled it in your favor was absolutely unparalled sportsmanship
06/13/2006 | 02:28 AM
Hi Roger,

Don't know whether you have time to read the stuff that us fans write over here. But hope you do manage to read them despite your busy schedule.

First of all, though your loss at the French Open was a bitter pill to swallow and demoralisi