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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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11/30/2010 | 06:31 AM
I feel very privileged to be in my prime witnessing two of the greatest tennis players gut it out against each other time after time. The way Maestro Federer finished up the year is truly astonishing and a thing of beauty. His ranking may be No. 2, but last week, he was clearly the NO. 1 player in the world, and in many people's mind, the greatest tennis player that ever picked up a racquet. Hats off to the Federer team. I so look forward to 2011!
11/30/2010 | 06:27 AM
we believe n will continue to believe till our last breathe .. you are The Greatest Of All Time.. rest well & we'll have you come back raring to go .. muah .. love u lots
May God Bless You, Your Family, Friends & Dear Ones
take care
debjani
11/30/2010 | 06:05 AM
I´m so proud of you. I could not ask for a better Christmas present.Thanks Roger.Have nice holidays and happy Christmas with your lovely family.
11/30/2010 | 05:23 AM
Roger, indeed, it was a 'GOLDEN NOVEMBER' just as you have said. It could'nt have been better.Thank you God and thank you Roger for this tremendous victory.
You are the best of the best and always will be, because you are ROGER Federer.
Love you,
marie in mtl
11/30/2010 | 05:02 AM
I'm so thrilled that Roger beat Rafa in the prestigious season ending tournament at the O2. I don't know why Roger played so amazing but I hope it continues. Is it the combination of the new coach, an improved backhand and the fact that he is number two so really, the pressue is on Rafa to win now.

It just seemed like Roger played a really relaxed and yet powerful and determined game all week. And it seemed like he loved the limelight. How tremendous. What a hero! We love you Roger!
11/30/2010 | 04:49 AM
Roger, people just can't play you when you're like this. God has given you such talent it's just amazing to watch. You made Nadal look pedestrian and that is a feat for anyone, including you. Great win! You really played well. All the best.
11/30/2010 | 04:24 AM
Still SOOOO happy for you almost two days after your amazing run through of the top ranked players in London last week - all of them younger than you.

It's been stated so many times, but your movement and shotmaking are just beautiful. Your face when you hit the ball, so calm and serene - unbelievable.

Great for you, Roger. And here's to an even better 2011!
11/30/2010 | 04:10 AM
That was a great win for you, Roger! We're so glad to see you hitting your regular awesome shots confidently against Rafa too (just like you did against all the other top players). Loved how your aggressive style, great serving & volleying at the net worked so well against Rafa. I think you're the most talented volleyer ever - one of the reasons you won the Olympics doubles with Stan. Of course, we said our prayers for you before the match too! Have a great rest & holiday!
11/30/2010 | 02:42 AM
Congratulations to our Dear Roger
You are the best player ever
It’s time to have our cherish
‘Cause I always knew you would make it
WTF, London: Nov2010
- - -

it's time to have your break and celebrations
be happy around with your loves
be healthy and fresh for the new start of 2011

always,
@^.^@
11/30/2010 | 02:27 AM
What a sensational win, Roger! You were absolutely brilliant at the WTF, especially in the final. Have a relaxing holiday and a lovely Christmas with your family. I can hardly wait to see you play at the Australian Open. I'm counting the days!