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Roger and Rafa showdown!

06.06.2008 | Tennis

2008 brings another major showdown in Roland Garros! Roger will play triple defending champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open final on Sunday. Our champ won 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 over unseeded Gaël Monfils in a three-hour thriller.


"He had a bad first game and I had a very good first set but then he stepped up into the court. It was very tight and I'm relieved," Roger said in a courtside interview.


Roger praised Monfils, whose athleticism and leaping can be best compared to a basketballer. Roger was clearly in charge in the first set but made too many unforced errors in the second. After Roger had taken home the third, the French youngster was sent sprawling to the clay as he attempted retrievals as Roger saved break points in the fourth set. But Roger made his intentions clear as he broke in the opening game in windy conditions under grey skies. Monfils was only the second unseeded player Roger had faced in 17 Grand Slam semi-finals the other was Jonas Björkman at Wimbledon two years ago.


Roger converted on seven of 15 break points, with 87 winners and 30 unforced errors in the high-voltage win in front of a Chatrier showcourt crowd which insisted on interrupting the proceedings with a Mexican wave before what was to be the final game as Monfils served to stay in it. Monfils broke on three of 13 occasions, almost matching the seed on winners (84) but producing 40 unforced errors.


It will be the third straight year that Roger and Nadal have met in the final at Roland Garros with Nadal winning the previous two. Nadal also defeated Roger in the 2005 semi-finals. Roger will be going for his 13th career Grand Slam title, one short of the record of 14 held by Pete Sampras. Nadal will have a shot at equaling Björn Borg as the only player to win four straight French Open titles. The Swede achieved that feat in 1981.

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06/09/2008 | 12:13 AM
What can I say?
06/08/2008 | 08:49 PM
Oops, I meant Big Ben didn't win the Belmont Stakes for the Triple Crown - he won the Derby and the Preakness.
06/08/2008 | 08:02 PM
Dear Beautiful Roger,

I posted earlier, but my sadness and disappointed for you and us coloured my writing.

Don't exactly know why, but I got the feeling yesterday when Big Brown did not win the Derby that today would be disappointing...

I just
06/08/2008 | 07:53 PM
Thank you very much for caring about my last comment
06/08/2008 | 07:53 PM
olyan furcsa érzés is ez. már Wimbledon is. ahogy bemegyünk a nyárba.
06/08/2008 | 07:47 PM
the grass season has arrived. like summer's arrived too. and after that there'll be the hard court season Olympic games. Rogers Cincy. and the us open. the us open is also closer and closer.
06/08/2008 | 07:44 PM
from also his words everyone could see how kind person he is and a real sportsman!
06/08/2008 | 07:42 PM
he spoke in French as i remember he said that Wimbledon is coming and Rafa played nicely and he felt good in Paris, he had great time there and what else...
06/08/2008 | 07:27 PM
Please can any one tell me in english what he said after he lost the match he was smiling please hurry
06/08/2008 | 07:16 PM
yes. maybe my words are boring. but if i love someone i love him/her completely because all of his things are part of a man part of a person!!!!! it's because maybe i've loved him in a special way which just once in a lifetime and which just i know. and i
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