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29.11.2010 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Federer and Nadal Rekindle a Rivalry

(The Wall Street Journal)

Tennis has a rivalry again. In London on Sunday, Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the ATP World Tour Finals. Though the match wasn't a classic, it did much to reinvigorate a clash that recently had become one-sided. The 24-year-old Mr. Nadal had won six of their previous seven meetings and this season had distanced himself from the 29-year-old Mr. Federer by winning three-straight Grand Slam singles titles, including his first U.S. Open.

Even on his best days, Mr. Federer has had trouble with Mr. Nadal's high-bouncing forehand and endless hustle. Mr. Federer brought a new approach to London, though. Since he began working with Paul Annacone, Pete Sampras's former coach, this summer, Mr. Federer has taken more chances, hit his topspin backhand more often and looked for more opportunities to approach the net. His final charge Sunday began with an aggressive play one rarely sees these days: a serve return followed by an immediate approach to the net and two consecutive volleys. Mr. Federer rattled off the last five games and won all three of his break points, a rare feat against the Spaniard. Mr. Nadal has never won the season-ending championships, and he has never beaten Mr. Federer in an indoor match. And so yes, there's room for more in this rivalry in 2011 and beyond. May it never end.



Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal is like Ali versus Frazier, but with racquets for gloves

(The Telegraph)

The greatest rivalries in sporting history have thrived on the highs and lows, the to’s and the fro’s, but they fade away when inevitability strikes. So there were moments after the second set of yet another fabulous chapter of the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal saga here at the O2 Arena that it just felt that we might be witnessing the end of a thrilling duopoly and the advent of a Spanish monopoly.

We had been here before; Federer, the prince, forging ahead, offering shotmaking from the Gods, looking untouchable – “unplayable,” Nadal called his opening barrage – like the best there has ever been. Then finding himself being pegged back inexorably by tennis’s relentless dementor, the most astonishing athlete his sport has witnessed, sucking away his confidence and belief.


Federer confidence soaring again

(IOL sport)

Roger Federer's year-end triumph over world No.1 Rafael Nadal has given him a shot in the arm ahead of the 2011 season. He has proved the validity of tennis planning as the Swiss re-asserted himself once again at the elite level with his fifth year-end trophy lifted at the weekend over Rafael Nadal in London.

Federer's 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 defeat of the Spanish world No.1 at the World Tour Finals puts the Swiss straight back into the conversation when talk turns to the pair who currently dominate the game. Federer will head off on a well-deserved family holiday, confident that his 2010 planning and dedication to detail has paid off in huge confidence dividends.

The 29-year-old is quick to praise his coaching team of old hand Severin Lüthi and new American hire Paul Annacone for helping him turn the corner this season to end with five titles from nine finals.


Roger Federer is unplayable, admits beaten Rafa Nadal

(mirror)

Rafa Nadal claimed Roger Federer had been "unplayable" after the Swiss superstar ended his season in style last night.

By winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, world No.2 Federer avenged his defeat in their last London meeting - the epic Wimbledon final of 2008. And his sensational brand of attacking tennis showed the 29-year-old still has the hunger and ability to win back the status as the best player on the planet.


Federer eyes return to top in 2011 after ATP win

(AFP)

Roger Federer believes his ATP World Tour Finals triumph against Rafael Nadal will provide him with the perfect springboard to return to the top in 2011. Although Federer is publicly adamant he has nothing to be disappointed about over the last 12 months, privately he will feel a nagging sense of regret at the loss of the world number one ranking to Nadal, who also took the French Open and Wimbledon titles from the Swiss star.

That was what made the 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Nadal in the final at London's O2 Arena on Sunday so significant for the world number two.
In Federer's mind, his record-equalling fifth title in the prestigious end-of-year event was secondary to the message the win sent to Nadal and his other rivals at the top of the rankings.


Federer tops Nadal for season-ending title

(The Washington Post)

Roger Federer turned his high-profile, season-ending match against Rafael Nadal into little more than an exhibition.

Federer gave his rival little chance to mount a challenge in the 22nd meeting between two of the greatest players of all time, winning his fifth season-ending title, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, at the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday in London.

Federer won an incredible 92 percent of the points played on his first serve in the final, and lost only 13 points on serve in the entire match.

 
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12/28/2010 | 06:31 PM
Roger is the greatest tennis player ever, no doubt of it. I'm sure Rafa will come a close second in many ways. These two stand out from the rest so dramatically - a gulf between them and even the next best two, Djoko and Murray.. No wonder that when Roger and Rafa play we are breathless with excitement.

I wasn't surprised Roger won the O2 final. He had played markedly better than Rafa all week. Rafa "tired" after the match with Murray? But Roger beat Murray easily!!
12/24/2010 | 12:17 AM
In my Opinion Rafa and Roger are like Monica and Steffi. I was a Steffi fan but monica hit the hell out of the ball on both sides, and never gave up. When she was young and before the stabbing she had Graf's number. Graf moved better served better, and was the better althelte. Nadal is a better althelte than Federer, but he is so passionate he gets into his head. Yet he is still getting better. 2011 will be interesting I see Nadal dominating! Why it's tennis when it's your time it's your time!
12/20/2010 | 08:37 AM
*Hughsie* Could not agree more. Lucky you able to see many more matches than I being I assume more involved in the profession.
Couldn't log on for 3days because power cut. it's back to austerity here plus we're turning into the North Pole.
12/18/2010 | 02:47 AM
cont
thinking that he may win one round! Astonishing success in all of his matches SF 6-0,6-0 against Gaudio, finals 7-6,7-6 1st 2 sets then said he felt tired BUT came back in 5th set from 0-4 to lose a very tight match. Roger was just amazing nil pracitice for 3-4 weeks and nearly won the championship. I will NEVER forget it.
Roger,in my opinion is the most brilliant tennis player.He has been lacking in confidence post 2008/2009 illness,back problems,etc--now he has regained it
Margaret
12/18/2010 | 02:33 AM
***Nochweiterroger***
Interesting comment re the 2005 Masters Cup Shanghai. It was certainly an astonishing match.Rogers comments post the final I quote "but seriously, I didn't really believe I could come so far here after the injury,SO this is, on the human side, a VERY big ,big tournament for me".
We were courtside for all of the matches. Roger injuried his ankle whilst practicing in Switzerland--was on crutches for some 3 weeks--no practice.Not expected to play MC. He went to Shanghai
12/16/2010 | 11:07 AM
Good Luck Roger in upcoming charity event. All the Best. Dont over do it cause the 2011 season starts so soon. Rest up and take care
HAVE A FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS with Mirka and the girls and family.
With any luck will see you at the Australian Open in Janurary.
Take care
Always XX
12/16/2010 | 10:34 AM
RoGer, you're simply the best and always has been and always will be number one for us! ;)

oxoxox

-hellokitty9001
12/15/2010 | 11:38 PM
HOW ARE YOU MY SPECIAL LITTLE GUY??

WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THIS COLD EVENING???
12/15/2010 | 06:04 PM
Waiting 4 d charity XBs! Allez Rogi!
All d best in d matches 4 Africa n in d 2011 seasn!!!!!!!!

Lots of love!

M
12/14/2010 | 09:49 AM
*Leafy/Hughsie Just watched DVD Masters Cup final 2005. Nalbandian beat Roger in 5th set tiebreak. Astonishing match. But even then commentators were grudging. Roger only wins because oppositionn is feeble. Now Nadal is 'tired' so Roger won - but when Roger was tired with bad back at Wimby 2010 it was Roger was 'ungracious' in defeat because he mentioned it - macho commentators prefer 'animalistic' macho men, Roger's too complicated for their tiny brains.
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