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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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06/12/2006 | 07:23 PM
Don´t worry Federer. It happens to have a guy who´s better than anybody else on a surface, and your priority it´s still Wimbledon. Just don´t forget the kind of playing you had in such places as Dubai this year, where you were flawless. Amazing playing! P
06/12/2006 | 07:13 PM
Everyone has its ups and downs and Roger is human after all. I never saw a tennis player who deserves to win Grand Slam more, than Federer does. Nevretheless his misfortune yesterday, he is still "the number one" for all times and he is on his way to bec
06/12/2006 | 07:06 PM
As much as we all hoped for you to win French Open this year it just was not meant to be. I thought you could have played much better than you did yesterday. I don't know what was going on your mind but I imagine the pressure must have been tremendous to
06/12/2006 | 07:06 PM
take care Roger for next time
06/12/2006 | 06:46 PM
Don't be disappointed , next time the chance will be yours and I'll always be by your side.
I think you can do that . Let's go on.
You're the number one in my heart......
06/12/2006 | 06:43 PM

First I would congratulate you on your first ever French Open Finals. You are certainly the second best clay court player behind Nadal. Well done!

However, you lose to Nadal yesterday, not because of your clay court skill inferior to Nadal,
06/12/2006 | 06:33 PM
Roger, you don't know what was the upset when you lost. You know that that was not a regular loose. You lost your confidence, your ability to fight till the end... I agree 100% with "evange" and I mentioned it in my notice right after the match that there
06/12/2006 | 06:21 PM
Defeat is only momentary.

Much love and my best wishes to Roger and my fellow fans.

06/12/2006 | 04:56 PM
It's alright. He's got lots more time to win the French Open, and I'm sure he will. =)

06/12/2006 | 04:40 PM
It's hard for me to believe. The way you played in the 2 and 3rd set really disappointed me. You missed so many easy shots and Most importantly, look at the number of unforced errors you made.

Something is really going on.