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21.05.2007 | Off Court

Federer Ditches His Feet Of Clay (UK Express)

ROGER FEDERER set himself up to win the Grand Slam title he most covets with a stunning victory over his clay-court nemesis Rafael Nadal.

The world No1 came from a set down to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 and take the Hamburg Masters title, ending the Spaniard’s record unbeaten run on the surface of 81 matches.


And now the 25-year-old Swiss can believe victory is possible in the French Open, which begins in Paris next Sunday. It remains the Slam he has never won, having lost to Nadal in the last two finals.


Federer knew that if he was to achieve his lifetime ambition he would have at some point to overcome his fierce rival, and in Hamburg he proved that it can be done.


“It’s a breakthrough,” said Federer. “It will be interesting to see how we both react to it in the French Open.”





Federer stops Nadal's clay-court streak at 81 matches (San Diego Union Tribune)

Roger Federer had the perfect response to questions about his status as the world's top-ranked player – he ended Rafael Nadal's winning streak on clay at 81 matches.


Federer beat Nadal 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the final of the Hamburg Masters yesterday to win his first clay-court title in two years and snap out of a slump during which he failed to win a title in four events. It was his worst run since he became No. 1 in February 2004.

Federer also gave himself a major boost one week before the French Open, the second major of the year and the only Grand Slam he hasn't won.

“It was an incredible performance from my side,” Federer said. “I had a great day. It's nice to be playing well again. It's my first title on clay in a couple of years.”





Federer ends Nadal's Clay-Court Streak (CNN-IBN)

World number one Roger Federer has finally broken his clay court jinx against Rafael Nadal to win the Hamburg Masters. This is Federer's first win against his Spanish nemesis on his least favourite surface.

The scoreline read 6-2 in Nadal's favour minutes into the Hamburg Masters finals but little did anyone expect the turnaround that followed.

Nadal had his way with Fedex's backhand but failed to carry the rhythm into the 2nd set. The 3 time Hamburg Masters winner came back strongly into the match.

The rallies were longer and the aces were flowing out of the Swiss number 1's racket.

An appreciative Goran Ivanisevic re-lived his countless comebacks from defeat as Fedex outslugged Rafa to take the second set 6-2.

But it was the third set that truly displayed Roger Federer's class. He didn't let his Spanish opponent get on top of him at any point in the match. Steamrolling away to lead the decider 5-0. Nadal never looked like he would be able to pull this one off as the Swiss master cantered home 6-0.





Federer thrilled to end Nadal run (BBC Sport)

Federer won his first title since Dubai in February

Roger Federer said he had finally "cracked the code" needed to overcome Rafael Nadal on clay after beating the Spaniard in the Hamburg Masters final.


The Swiss won 2-6 6-2 6-0 to take his fourth Hamburg title and end Nadal's record run of 81 straight wins on clay.


"To come through is excellent, I played fantastic, and I really got the feeling in the end I had figured out how to play him," Federer told Five Live.

"But I have to be very careful here not to get too carried away," he added.





Federer halts Nadal's mastery on clay at 81 matches (Globe and Mail)

Yesterday's Masters Series Hamburg final was a bridge too far for mighty Rafael Nadal, as his 81-match winning streak on clay ended when he lost to Roger Federer by the unlikely score of 2-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Victory No. 82 appeared to be sowed up when he led 6-2, 1-1, 15-40 on Federer's serve. Federer, the world No. 1, was carrying a lot of Nadal baggage - five losses in a row to him on clay as well as an overall 3-7 disadvantage - and had been playing remarkably unconvincing tennis dating back to a loss to Flippo Volandri at the Italian Open two weeks ago.

In keeping with his patchy form, he had just committed forehand and backhand unforced errors to fall behind 15-40 in the third game of the second set when a colossal turnaround occurred.





Nadal asked Federer for autographed shirt (NewKerala.com)

Rafael Nadal asked Roger Federer for his autographed shirt, in a gesture more typical of football than tennis, after losing to the world number one in the final of the Hamburg Masters Series.


"Roger signed it in the changing rooms. Both were very happy," a source close to the Spanish player told DPA.


The gesture of asking for a shirt as a souvenir is not very common in tennis, but Nadal and Federer - who as children both dreamed of playing football professionally - are comfortable with the ways of the most popular sport in the world, where exchanging shirts at the end of a game is a frequent habit.





Federer ends Nadal's run at 81

Roger Federer banished any doubts about his status as the world's best player and ended Rafael Nadal's remarkable 81-match claycourt winning streak when he defeated the Spaniard 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the final of the Hamburg Masters.

Federer's victory also ended his form slump - he had gone four events without winning a title - and gave him his first claycourt title in two years.

Perhaps more importantly, Federer gave himself a major boost one week before the French Open, the only major that has thus far eluded him.

"It was an incredible performance from my side," said Federer, who parted from coach Tony Roche last week. "It's nice to be playing well again."



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05/23/2007 | 10:16 AM
FEDEX, do it again in paris.

05/23/2007 | 08:48 AM
See? Roger, you are capable to beat Nadal. I always known that, the only difference now is the whole world knows it too.

Good luck in France. there's no doubt in my mind that you're the best ever, the only thing you need to do now is to show the world
05/23/2007 | 08:17 AM
Dear Roger,
I may be late in sending this note, however, I congratulate you now more than ever! Win the French Open. God bless!
05/23/2007 | 07:35 AM
My dear Roger the great, you did it!!!

We all waited for this moment for a long time. What a match, what a performance. Many many congratulations to you. No looking back Roger. Do not let Nadal win another match against you. He is a great clay c
05/23/2007 | 05:09 AM
Hi Roger

Congratulations on finding a way to crack Nadal on clay. Hitting earlier on his short ball have won you a couple of points. Serve-volley is also effective if used properly. Don't let this victory carried you away too far. Hold your nerves unti
05/23/2007 | 02:57 AM
I am such a happy fan. Keep being awesome. Can't wait for the french open. I'll go now to put the message to the universe - Federer to win.
05/22/2007 | 09:57 PM
Hmmm! These headlines never cease to amaze me. They're more superstitious thanyou are. I've never heard you say you thought you were "jinxed" just because you'd lost a few matches. But then, I guess number ones live in rarified air and aren't allowed
05/22/2007 | 09:42 PM
Hi Roger,

Congratulations, you were fantastic.
I always thought that if you played your best that you would beat him even on clay, and you proved that.
Just remain focus on your own game, cut the unforced erros, serve well and be yourself, then the f
05/22/2007 | 08:55 PM
Take this wonderful feeling into the FO and put your foot on the gas pedal and do not let up until you are holding the championship title. Enjoy!!!!!!!!
05/22/2007 | 08:32 PM
Hi Roger!!!

everybody is talking about your great match. but please forget all this and keep focus on Roland Garros, and please don't understimate to rafa nadal, play on RG like you play the last 2 set in Hamburg specially the 3erd set it was amazing i
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