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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 | 02:06 AM
You didn't appear quite yourself on the court but nonetheless you are a fantastic player. Of course you know that already. I am so excited for Wimbledon to be here and to watch you shine. Next year the French Open will be yours also. You are such a pleasu
06/13/2006 | 01:55 AM
i don't like to see Roger Federer loosing but he is just a man. And I realy like him for that. I hope He will not loose confidence in himself and will play well at Wilbledon. Looking farward to that.
Good luck.
06/13/2006 | 01:48 AM
Dear Roger
I think you have to keep your eyes and ears shut to all tennis press for a while! As if you weren’t facing enough pressure already, they hyped up this match out of proportion, quick to anoint you the “greatest ever” if you won it and even quic
06/13/2006 | 01:28 AM
We know that Federer is the num. 1.. he losed because he didn't feel good in the final..
06/12/2006 | 11:41 PM

Bury the yesterday. Get ready for tomorrow. Your seasons have just started. We want out hero to rule the Grass and Hard court.

Good luck.
06/12/2006 | 11:22 PM
The dutch newspapers were just much positive about you, Roger! You're the prince of tennis. Nadal is just a good pirate who keeps you away from 'his' treasure.. Next year, you'll grab that treasure. A prince don't have to bow for a pirate! Good luck

06/12/2006 | 11:10 PM
There was a very nice article (actually a preview, not a review, of the RG final, but most of the things said in it still hold the case) about the late Philippe Chatrier, after whom the center court was named, would love to see you win the RG title, in Th
06/12/2006 | 11:09 PM
I think like: non-suicidal in the first page....
06/12/2006 | 11:05 PM
There was a very nice article (actually a preview, not a review, of the RG final, but most of the things said in it still hold the case) about the late Philippe Chatrier, after whom the center court was named, would love to see you win the RG title, in Th
06/12/2006 | 11:05 PM
incredibile... nadal ce l'ha fatta ancora... può vincere quanto vuole ma per me il numero uno rimarrà per sempre Roger Federer ... you are the best!!! by giuggy 92