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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


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


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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12/01/2010 | 03:55 AM
he fell apart after Roger beat him in Madrid 2009 and stumbled in RG, Wimbledon, USO in 2009 and the AO this year. Hadn't won a single title in 12 months.......
12/01/2010 | 03:43 AM
It's all Nadal's fault to make the so called "greatest rivalry" has to be rekindled. He couldn't bear the pressure as the No.1 player and to be the "one to beat" last year......
12/01/2010 | 03:12 AM
He is such a great ambassador. He does SO much to market tennis.
For the many years that I have played and followed tennis, it never ceases to amaze me how every part of his game is scrutised--some want, even demand perfection from him always--not fair to Roger.
Plagued by variuos illnesses 2008>mid 2010,the amazing Roger has fought back to the very top of his elegant,beautiful game which comes as NO suprise to myself and many others who have followed his 800 plus matches.
12/01/2010 | 02:56 AM
Roger is the best of the best without a doubt.
In less than 5 months Roger has had more wins over top 10 players than Nadal had all of the year.
He played 5 tournaments in 7 weeks, INCLUDING late night matches for EACH of his Shanghai [matches]except the finals where he must have felt a little weary and was beaten by Murray. Did anyone mention that RF may have been tired? Of course not!!!
Roger is a very special individual as player and as a human being yes he is HUMAN. I appreciate him.
12/01/2010 | 12:45 AM
não tenho palavras pra definir você...ROGER, você é simplesmente maravilhoso, como HOMEM, como jogador e todos nos vimos que é também como pessoa...espero que suas férias durem pouco, pois já estou com saudades...TE AMO MUITO...
12/01/2010 | 12:02 AM
it’s RN’s fault why he can’t beat WOLFMAN the way roger did--just 4 a few minutes in 2 sets & the fact that roger played 3 tourneys, while RN was resting-N-preparing 4 WTF is NOT fair 4 our Swiss Maestro just 2 rationalize why he won so EASILY & the "tired rafa" lose, LIKE LOL~!!

If Roger’s outrageously angled backhand winners off of a hi-top spin forehand from RN in the 1st-n-3rd set are any indication, look 4 the era of RN’s domination on CLAY coming to an end, LIKE WOOHOO~!
11/30/2010 | 11:33 PM
So good to see that the press is giving Rogerr his due !!!
Our dear champ deserves it and so much more...
11/30/2010 | 11:11 PM
Woo hoo!! Rekindling a rivalry! I know many of you can't stand it but watching Rafa and Roger go at it (when they're both playing well) is enjoyable. May it continue as long as possible.
11/30/2010 | 10:15 PM
Congratulations. I wish a hapy holidays for you and your family. Please rest a lot, to be strong for Australian open.
You are the best.
11/30/2010 | 10:11 PM
how nice is to see u holding that title!!!

and I look forward for 2011, i think if u keep playing like this last months, you can for sure claim Number 1 again. I mean i know you cant always play perfect but if u work well and take good care of your body, like you did this past week, i mean all matches were short, then u are not too tired, that's great. You have great chances in 2011, is going to be an incredible season for tennis, am sure. But first all i wish is you to be fine!

Take care