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Final: Roger vs. Nadal

19.05.2007 | Tennis

Roger rallied past Carlos Moya 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 today to advance to the Hamburg Masters final. He is most certainly looking to end a streak in which he has gone four straight tournaments without a title. And it certainly promises looks like an interesting encounter: opponent is no one less than Rafael Nadal!

 

"It's nice to come back from one set down," he said after the match. "I came out of it but I am still missing too much. You have to believe that you can come back."

 

Moya, a 30-year-old veteran who was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1999 but has now dropped to No. 36, had never beaten Roger in six previous meetings. "Today was the day to beat him; I had a feeling I could beat him," Moya said. "But at important moments, he brings out his best."

 

Roger saved three set points before losing the first set. Serving for the second at 5-3, he allowed Moya to save three set points and then dropped his serve. But a forehand winner in the next game put our star even. Roger broke serve for a 4-2 lead in the third and was on his way.

 

"I felt I was controlling the match," Moya said. "But with Federer, you can't expect to beat him until it's over. I had some break points but he came up with some great shots."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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05/20/2007 | 04:32 PM
I can't tell you how proud I am! Roger, well done! You will win the FO and become the official best player in the world! I mean it when I say I love you!
05/20/2007 | 04:31 PM
Oh Roger - I KNEW it. I just KNEW! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!
05/20/2007 | 04:29 PM
ROGER WON. WOW I AM SO HAPPY. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ROGERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
05/20/2007 | 04:26 PM
bravo roger. we love you.tina
05/20/2007 | 04:21 PM
ROGER IS UP 4-0 IN THE THIRD! WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW GO FOR THE BAGELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ROGERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
05/20/2007 | 04:21 PM
Roger just broke nadal in the third set to go up 4-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
05/20/2007 | 04:20 PM
Samprasfanatic - you said last set? I thought all ATP Masters series tournaments finals were best of 5?
05/20/2007 | 04:20 PM
Roger just broke nadal in the third set to go up 4-0
05/20/2007 | 04:13 PM
Anyone able to tear their eyes away from their screens for just a minute - to tell me what's actually happening in the match? I mean, is Feds just on the rampage? Did he upshift a gear or two? Or has Rafa started to slip up on serve?

I just ask becaus