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Roger vs Rafa in Monte-Carlo Final

21.04.2007 | Tennis

Roger will meet two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal in a repeat of last year’s final at ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo on Sunday.


He recovered from a slow start to beat No. 16 seed and former two-time champion Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-4. He fought back from a 3-1 first set deficit by winning seven games in a row on a sun-drenched day at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. He sealed his seventh career win in ten meetings over Ferrero in one hour and 25 minutes.


"I think I'm playing good in defense and offense. I'm returning pretty good. Usually for me for some reason that's the hardest part on clay. Should be the easiest because the surface is the slowest, but I've always had issues early on in the clay court season where I just feel that my returns weren't good enough. But I feel good and I feel like I have options to play on clay. My serve is coming along nicely, too. So, yeah, I'm happy the way I'm playing, " Roger said.


Roger, who will attempt to win his third title of the year, will next meet Rafael Nadal. The world number two and claycourt king defeated 10th seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-0 7-5 in Saturday's semi-finals.

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04/22/2007 | 04:54 PM
?????????????????? IT'S SO UNFORTUNATE!!!
04/22/2007 | 04:53 PM
gotgoback (big tummy) of Roger was the main reason for him to keep loosing in my opinion.
04/22/2007 | 04:49 PM
Dear Roger,
I know you trained a lot for this finale, but now you mustn't think at this!
You played like a winner at RG! It's only the first clay tournament!
P.S. Last year was 3 out 5. I'm sure, Nadal won in 4 sets. What happened? When
04/22/2007 | 04:48 PM
I was tempted to say this after the past few games but now I HAVE to say it. Roger wasted too many break points. It was ok when you played Ferrer and Ferrero but not the top-nodged players like Nadal. Nadal had only one break chance in the first set and h
04/22/2007 | 04:47 PM
Kia Ora Roger,
I'm sorry it didn't happen for you today, but I'm sure eventually something will click and you will know how to execute your mental and physical know how to prevail over Rafa. I guess it is a matter of really adhering to the game plan. I f
04/22/2007 | 04:46 PM
Sorry for error in writing - "BELIVE" in himself - I think the key word is "belive" in his last matches!
04/22/2007 | 04:43 PM
Dear Roger,
Don't cry, it was not an important tournament.
In RG finale the score will be diffrent, I feel it!!
Good-luck at Rome! You worked so hard, for me you're a winner!
04/22/2007 | 04:41 PM
Dear Roger,
For me you'll be always a champion!!!
04/22/2007 | 04:39 PM
Dear Roger,
Don't worry, this year you'll beat him at RG! The Grand Slem it's the most important!
Be happy that you played better then last year and belive that at Rome you will be luckier!
I love you !
Your fan forever,
04/22/2007 | 04:36 PM
Hi Rog,

Well, that was a 'GT' (good try).
See ya in Rome May 7th.

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