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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 | 04:31 PM
Roger made too many errors. To be honest, Nadal wins on clay because its a slow surface. He isnt consistant like Roger on all the surfaces, thats why Rog is no.1. Nadal has alot to prove before people can start to say he is a challenger.
06/12/2006 | 04:22 PM
Dear Roger
I know it's pretty tough to face wth this situation again but I know that you 'll never give up because you are our hero because you are the world number one because you are the genious tennis player.
Keep on going Roger .
Nadal, he help yo
06/12/2006 | 04:19 PM
Dear All,

I went to the match- and there is no doubt that Rafa played the better tennis and he thoroughly deserved to win. There were no
excuses this time and Roger knows this. At the moment, Rafa is the king of clay, but our man in the ALL ROUND BES
06/12/2006 | 04:11 PM
Dear Roger,

Wow there are so many posts in the earlier news that we have to open another headline! So many of us have voiced our support and encouragement for you Roger, if I'm you I would be very very touched.

Just want to let you know as well that
06/12/2006 | 04:10 PM
Dear Roger,

Wow there are so many posts in the earlier news that we have to open another headline! So many of us have voiced our support and encouragement for you Roger, if I'm you I would be very very touched.

Just want to let you know as well that
06/12/2006 | 04:02 PM
Attention to Roger: Whoever reads this, please intimate this message to him, as I am giving the keys to beat nadal.

Dear Roger,

After seeing yesterday's match, I decided to join this group to give you the keys to beat Nadal.

1. Visualization: Vis
06/12/2006 | 04:00 PM
Watch it! Nadal will disappear in the next few years like his predecessors because of their bloody style of play on clay. Injuries will hamper him because of too wasted energy, pumping and jumping, running around like a crazy bull and all that crap. Ma
06/12/2006 | 03:53 PM
There's always silverlining in the cloud, as they say....
The first set was truly a virtuoso performance--strategies, execution, structure... everything was perfect. One of the best set you've won from your opponent, or anyone. As long as you can play
06/12/2006 | 03:49 PM
ci credevo veramente ieri... specialmente dopo il primo 6-1.. il tennis è eleganza.. e Nadal, per quanto fortissimo, di eleganza non ha mai sentito parlare.. il prossimo anno sarà Slam, me lo sento... ed ora, finalmente, l'erba!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06/12/2006 | 03:45 PM

Unless you will address the problem, mentally I believe, that make you lose your killer instinct, as someone so good stated earlier, you will start having problems more and more, with more players and on more surfaces.
The truth is it is alrea
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