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Roger unable to beat Rafa on clay

27.04.2008 | Tennis

Today’s finalists of the Monte Carlo Masters were identical to 2006 and 2007: Roger met his closest rival in the rankings, Rafael Nadal. Unfortunately Roger was once again unable to steal the title from the Spaniard, losing 5-7, 5-7.

 

“It seems to be the same here every year. But I have to be satisfied with my performance as I was almost eliminated early in the tournament,” Roger said. He had narrowly escaped a defeat from Spain’s Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

 

After a series of breaks and re-breaks in the first set Roger came into the second all guns blazing, attacking the net and managing to hold serve after breaking in the first game. He made his point clearer by breaking to love in the third and by the end of the fourth game had allowed his opponent only four points. However, Nadal did not give up and as Roger’s level of play declined he won the next five games. Our star managed to level at 5-5 but Nadal wrapped it up after one hour and 43 minutes when Roger sent a backhand long, his 44th unforced error.

 

It is Nadal’s 24th career-title and his 19th on clay. This had only been achieved in the years 1911 to 1914 by New Zealand’s Anthony Wilding.

 

Next up for Roger is the “Internazionali BNL d'Italia” in Rome, starting on May 5th.

 
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05/05/2008 | 11:38 AM
Federer on remote control in Rome

5/5/08 10:42 AM | Johan Lindahl

Roger Federer remains in telephone contact with Jose Higueras as his trial coaching arrangement with the Spanish maestro goes onto remote control for the week of the Rome Masters.

05/05/2008 | 10:28 AM
IT IS ALL RIGHT ROGER. YOU DID YOUR BEST.

I WILL BE IN ROME BUT SO FAR I COULD NOT FIND ANY TICKET. WILL SEE

GOOD LUCK ANY WAY. LOVE ALWAYS....
05/05/2008 | 07:55 AM
Dearest Roger,
It was heart-breaking to see you losing against nadal espcially after the lead you had in the second set.
I would love to see you come back strongly in the French open, hope it will be third time lucky for you i
05/05/2008 | 05:08 AM
04/05/2008 16:52
ROGER'S RESTED AND GOOD TO GO
A relaxed Roger Federer came to answer some questions in the pre-tournament press conference.


At 4pm the interview room of the Foro Italico all of a sudden filled up as though something was going
05/05/2008 | 02:30 AM
You might have already seen this… but here’s an AUDIO of Roger’s press conference in Rome

http://www.blogquotidiani.net/tennis/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/romafederer01.mp3


05/04/2008 | 06:16 PM
Thanks JEUX_SET-MATCH for the info

Tennis Channel is unfortunately not available from my cable TV provider Videotron.
05/04/2008 | 06:12 PM
Hello Tilou
Tennis channel
05/04/2008 | 06:03 PM
Jeux-set-match

Where are you watching the match Nadal-Ferrer from? I tried some links but nothing worked. I was juts checking the live scores
05/04/2008 | 05:57 PM
Sorry, I meant to wrote: "When tennis started becoming open in 1968, Laver won only one of the three open Slams in that year."
05/04/2008 | 05:54 PM
Is anyone watching the Nadal/Ferrer final?
Beautiful 2nd set! Let's hope for a good 3rd
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