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Roland Garros - web review

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 | 11:03 PM
Dear Roger,

Where is Mirka? She was not there at the ITF presentation, not there when you played Nalbandian and and somebody along with me thinks she was not at the finals. I know you said that you did not sleep well before your previous match - was th
06/12/2006 | 10:40 PM
Despite the loss in the final Roland Garros was an excellent tournament for Roger and I am sure he will come out on top there one day. He is still the finest player in the world.
06/12/2006 | 10:14 PM
i wud luv 2 c Roger hold all de 4 grand-slams at de same time cos i tink he really deserves it... Lik Nadal said Federer is way ahead of EVERYONE he no. 1..... i felt really sorry for him and if it was neone else Federer wud ave won..... neway im lookin f
06/12/2006 | 09:39 PM
1-Clay is not the problem. Federer' mind is the problem.Roggi, you began a perfect game, but in the second set when you gave the ball in 0-1, 40\0 magycalle you changed your gamr.And you played Nadal game.In fact the problem is not nadal, the problem is Y
06/12/2006 | 08:50 PM

Even if Nadal beat u for Hundred times then even he can't be the world best as so u r.
06/12/2006 | 08:24 PM
I sincerely hope all is well for you at home, Roger. You got poor sleep two nights before, it was the first time your father has attended, and I saw no sign of Mirka at the final. Please keep up the hard work. Every match you play is a tennis lesson fo
06/12/2006 | 08:15 PM
Dear Roger,
First of all you are the best men and then the best tennis player!
That's the most importanat!

I will always cheer you


06/12/2006 | 07:49 PM
i think nadal has almost the perfect claycourt game.
and he's just though to beat.
i'f seen roger play better on clay.
so if he plays like that he have more chanse of winning.
a good roger would not hit in 40 errors.
06/12/2006 | 07:40 PM
I think that yesterday, Roger was in a negative feeling or mood.. Whatever journalists say, i don't think that Rafa is better than Roger.. Considering yesterday, Rafa's prestige of his play based on Federer's powerful play.. In spite of his defeat, yester
06/12/2006 | 07:39 PM
I think that yesterday, Roger was in a negative feeling or mood.. Whatever journalists say, i don't think that Rafa is better than Roger.. Considering yesterday, Rafa's prestige of his play based on Federer's powerful play.. In spite of his defeat, yester