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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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07/10/2006 | 02:58 PM
I agree with the other that the press was rooting for Nadal. I wathced the game on TV in New York, and both McEnroe and the other guy I-don't-know-your-name spent the whole game talking about how good Nadal has became. Come oooon, even when Roger won, t
07/10/2006 | 02:21 PM
Indiana Daily student! it's like a bully one.
so jealious, so stupid. u (idiana student) should know that nadal can beat fedex cos he's lefty!!!
the surface he won is dirty clay which is not so favorte for many players esp. europe or american. besides h
07/10/2006 | 02:07 PM
I don't think some of the comments are fair.Roger is a nice to other players .Every player like him .We all know that.Roger is just the best ,the greatest!!!!!!!!!
07/10/2006 | 11:08 AM
Great articles, most of them speak the truth ;) The last article is utter nonsense.

07/10/2006 | 11:02 AM
Roger's never said he hates Nadal though Nadal's reactions sometimes were a bit macho and aggressive. As the matter of fact, Roger is a quiet person and shows good sportsmanship. For example at the time he lost the French Open, he accepted his lost grace
07/10/2006 | 10:58 AM
Well said points Caramel....to say that Fed seems to "hate this kid" with every swing of his raquet is a bit " over the top" ..* rolls eyes*

Indian Daily student?? ....i can smell a touch of jealousy perhaps??...*wink*
07/10/2006 | 10:28 AM
That "Indiana Daily Student" piece is brimming with pro-Nadal bias and obvious anti-Federer sentiment. I am still scratching my head at how anyone with any knowledge of tennis could have truly, honestly, seriously believed Nadal would win this match. An
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