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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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11/30/2010 | 10:02 PM
Hi Rog & all Rog's fans!

Once again congratulations on your win over Nadal. The 2011 is entirely yours!
I'm just wondering if anyone knows when is Roger going to announce his 2011
schedule or when he usually does?

Thanks ;)
11/30/2010 | 10:02 PM
Congratulations Roger! You played some awesome tennis last week, the way only you could produce. I can't wait for the Ausrtralian Open to begin in January. What a thrill it would be to successfully defend the title and start the year on a positive note.
11/30/2010 | 10:02 PM
Hi Rog & all Rog's fans!

Once again congratulations on your win over Nadal. The 2011 is entirely yours!
I'm just wondering if anyone knows when is Roger going to announce his 2011
schedule or when he usually does?

Thanks ;)
11/30/2010 | 09:13 PM
Dear Rogi,
I keep watching your matches at the tour finals over and over again...just never get tired of your beautiful all-around tennis with elegant volleying and stunning shot making…
No one can produce such beauty with a tennis racket. Ohh, how I wish I could have beheld such beauty up and close.

It must have certainly been HEAVENLY to BE THERE! :)

Congratulations again, sweet champ!
11/30/2010 | 08:46 PM
After a wonderful end of the ATP tour, you deserve a good vacation. Some of the press is just biased about Nadal. If Nadal was too tired to play, then he doesn't belong in the top 10 or deserves to be #1. A top player must be able to play 5 sets (as in GS) every other day. Besides Nadal had at least 6 wks rest before playing London, whereas Roger played 3 tournaments before London. So, who is tired? They just can't stand it that Roger simply outplayed Nadal with his sublime performance. Go Rog!
11/30/2010 | 08:44 PM
Roger you are the best!!! Congratulations!!!
11/30/2010 | 07:23 PM
Happy holidays 2 u & your wonderful family, champ~!

What a great soul-satisfying win over ALL your opponents:
1) manhandled No. 7, Ferrer; 2) destroyed No. 5, Wolfman; 3) dismantled No. 3, Joker; 4) dispatched No. 4, R-Sod; 5) dismissed WN1/lying cheat.

11/30/2010 | 07:00 PM
roger once again u hv proved dat u r simply the best in this world ..... all d best for 2011 season win as many titles n grandslam.................................
11/30/2010 | 05:26 PM
Congrats on your great win!!!!
11/30/2010 | 05:23 PM
u r the best, King