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Wimbledon - web review

10.07.2006 | Tennis

No. 1 Federer defends his turf at Wimbledon (Houston Chronicle)

For first time in five '06 tries, grass master finds way to beat Nadal

After a humbling start Sunday, Rafael Nadal gained Roger Federer's undivided attention. In the end, though, Nadal wouldn't get his goat. Finally, the No. 1 player found a time and a place where he could hold his own against No. 2.

It took four sets, two tiebreakers and a slew of deep breaths before Federer escaped 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3. You had to believe he would, of course. This was Wimbledon, where he hadn't dropped a match in four years and where he'd won 32 consecutive sets before Sunday.

This was grass-court tennis, the arcane — some would say obsolete — surface upon which Federer had long since lapped the field.




Federer shakes Nadal, pressure to win 8th Slam (The Mercury News)

Standing on court, full of joy and once again embracing the Wimbledon trophy, Roger Federer seemed lost in one of those other-worldly places where great athletes drift off to after a monumental triumph.

A half-hour later he would be back on Earth, however, acknowledging that this fourth consecutive singles title at tennis' most prestigious tournament was almost as much about finally beating his 20-year-old Spanish opponent as winning the cup.

Never has a player so celebrated and in such complete command of the No. 1 ranking felt so much pressure to win an eighth Grand Slam.

"I'm very well aware of how important this match was for me," Federer said Sunday after this 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal, who has tormented him all season.




Federer tops Nadal for Wimbledon title (MarketWatch)

Roger Federer did something in the Wimbledon men's tennis final Sunday that he didn't do in any other match during the fortnight. He lost a set.

The world's No. 1 player faced a stronger challenge against Spaniard Rafael Nadal than during his other matches leading up to the Wimbledon final but eventually prevailed in four sets, winning 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.

The Swiss righthander thus claimed his fourth straight All-England Club title and with it extended his grass-court winning streak to 48.

Nadal, the muscular clay-court specialist, seemed stunned at Federer's fast start, but the match turned tight as the challenger put up a stiff fight before succumbing in a second-set tiebreaker.




Federer's grass game too much for Nadal (Miami Herald)

He's now won four straight Wimbledon titles and 48 straight matches on grass.

Act Eight in the ongoing drama starring Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played out in the hushed theater-in-the-round known as Centre Court.

The plot thickened, the rivalry deepened and any playwright or tennis fan would have been entertained by Federer's 6-0, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-2), 6-3 victory.

The All-England Club does not award crowns to its champions. In fact, the players no longer bow or curtsy to the Royal Box. But if it did, Federer would have a custom-fitted one on his head, as he became the first man since Pete Sampras in 2000 to win four Wimbledon men's titles in a row.




Federer finally masters Nadal (The London Free Press)

Unfortunately, Rafael Nadal, current No. 1 Roger Federer's archrival, met with the same fate, though he choked at the beginning of the match. But Federer's path to the trophy was not pleasant, to say the least, as Nadal stretched the match to four sets and fought Federer's forehand till the end.


The fact that Nadal, an expert clay-courter, adjusted so well (and so quickly) to the grass and got to the Wimbledon final on only his third appearance at the tournament surprised fans (and a haughty Federer, who admitted his shock after the final). In fact, his run to the final only solidified his dominance in the men's game even though he eventually lost, which was probably the opposite of what Federer wanted to happen.


For almost three years, Federer unquestionably dominated the men's tennis world, making seemingly capable opponents look like amateurs with each swing of his racket. Now that Nadal has come along and put a stop to his domination (even after the Wimbledon final, Nadal leads their meetings 6-2 and Federer's four losses this year have all been to Nadal), Federer seems to say "I hate this kid" with every swing of his racket. And for once, in Sue Barker's on-court interview with the champ after the final, her questions weren't swirling around Federer's performance, but mainly focused on Nadal's skills and the future of their rivalry. This obviously irritated Federer, who's used to hearing nothing but compliments and awe about his own game.



Federer knocks off Nadal in his 'backyard' (Winston-Salem Journal)

[or] Undisputed king of tennis (Hamilton Spectator)

[or] Grass king reigns (Richmond Times Dispatch)

[or] For a change, Federer vanquishes his nemesis to win Wimbledon (Evansville Courier & Press)

[or] Federer passes test with Wimbledon title (San Jose Mercury News)

When Roger Federer stepped onto Centre Court, dressed for success in his creamy white, custom-made blazer, one thought was prominent as he prepared to face Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final:

He absolutely had to beat this guy -- after all, how could Federer make the case he's the best tennis player ever if he's not even the best of 2006?

Untouchable early, steady enough late, the No. 1-ranked Federer did indeed vanquish his nemesis, No. 2 Nadal, 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3 yesterday for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship and eighth Grand Slam title.

Federer is 55-0 this year when he plays anyone other than Nadal. But the Swiss star entered Sunday with a 1-6 career mark against Nadal, 0-4 this season, when all four losses came in tournament finals, including at last month's French Open.

"I'm very well aware of how important this match was for me. If I lose, obviously, it's a hard blow for me - he wins French, Wimbledon back-to-back," Federer said. "It's important for me to win a final against him, for a change, and beat him, for a change. At Wimbledon, I knew it was going to be the place for me to do it the easiest way."




Federer claims turf (Los Angeles Times)

Swiss star cultivates fourth grass slam

Roger Federer is chasing history and closing in quickly. Rafael Nadal is chasing Federer.

Coming up next is the U.S. Open, tennis played on a surface a little slower and safer than the chaotic grass courts of Wimbledon that Federer so loves, a little faster and livelier than the sticky red clay of the French Open where Nadal is as happy as a little kid playing in sand.

Picking the favorite at the French Open was easy. Nadal won in 2005, he hadn't lost on clay in nearly two years and he won again. Picking the favorite at Wimbledon was easy, too. Federer had won three consecutive times and hadn't lost on the grass here in four years. Picking a favorite at the U.S. Open might be more difficult.

Federer won his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title by beating Nadal on Sunday, 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3, in 2 hours 50 minutes. Already at the world's most beloved tournament, Federer is being compared to the greats. He is the third person in the Open era to win at least four straight Wimbledon titles - Bjorn Borg, who won five straight from 1976-'80, and Pete Sampras, who won four straight from 1997-2000 - were the others.



Who is No. 1? (Indiana Daily Student)

The Wimbledon men's and women's singles finals were both sequels to already well-publicized rivalries, making the weekend a must-see for tennis fans and a must-win for the players involved. Though neither of my favorites won (actually, they pretty much choked under the pressure), the finals raised (and answered) one nagging question that has plagued each side of the tour: Who deserves to be No. 1?


Unfortunately, Rafael Nadal, current No. 1 Roger Federer's archrival, met with the same fate, though he choked at the beginning of the match. But Federer's path to the trophy was not pleasant, to say the least, as Nadal stretched the match to four sets and fought Federer's forehand till the end.


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07/11/2006 | 07:43 PM
CLEARLY, those who question the ranking of roger as the best in the world is out of their mind. nadal might be talented, but he is so far beyond federer's accomplishments. he has just won the french open. just that! roger's won the other 3 slams! so who a
07/11/2006 | 07:12 PM
ever heard of the statement "sour grapes" this is what so many people are after the fedrer win.Many thought that he is over rated and stuff but after been kicked in the face they do not want to believe that Roger i and will be no. 1 for a great many years
07/11/2006 | 06:56 PM
I gotta say this which has been pising me off all Wimbledon.

For Christ sake, Roger Federer just won Wimbeldon. Who cares if Nadal got to the final, he didnt really play anybody worth their weight, did he?
All peope are talking about is Nadal and this
07/11/2006 | 04:55 PM
why ask who's the number one?
it's pretty obvious. Federer!
not just because he won for the fourth time the wimbledon chapm, but he's also demostrated that he's great even in the other courts, not only on the grass!right? and, as her fan, for me, he'll
07/11/2006 | 04:53 PM
the things that indiana daily student and london free press has written is completely unfair!anyone who has gone in the internet and has seen roger and rafa's picture would understand that they are good friends in and off the coart! ofcoarse they don't ha
07/11/2006 | 04:00 PM
Forget about the Indiana newspaper article and keep in mind the following:

Even on clay, Nadal's favourite surface, he never beat Federer easily ... it was always close and there were always Tie-breakers .... in Rome Federer even squandered 2 MPs ...
07/11/2006 | 02:40 PM
They're making it sound like it was a five setter and nadal won two sets 6-0!even if it were that all that should be important is who emerged the winner!Federer did!Doesnt he get credit for crushing nadal 6-0 in the first and 6-3 in the third!incase thees
07/11/2006 | 11:33 AM
Dear All,

Don't really care about the Nadal-bias articles because we always know that Roger is the most talented, gifted tennis player ever.
But I like this comment alot. Coming from the Bryan's bro in their Wimby blogs.

Mike Bryan wrote:

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07/11/2006 | 10:47 AM
Ellenwong says the truth.
Some critical article is fisiological, but we know who is the BEST and the MARVELLOUS tennis player: ROGER FEDERER.
No matter.

marina reds
07/11/2006 | 05:58 AM
yeh , I agree with ellenwong...who cares what others say, Rog is number 1 , hes the best! and rightly so!
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