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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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06/08/2008 | 06:31 PM
Dear Roger,
Just so sorry that you did not make it this year. Fourth time will be the best and we your fans believe that you're the greatest and never doubt it! Here comes WIMBLEDON and hope and pray that you'll make it!
God bless,
Rose Marie
06/08/2008 | 06:30 PM
This is lost, but there is still a lot to win...Focus on Wimbledon...any of you disappointed: remember how many times Sampras has been in a Roland Garros final?...0...Ok, we may be sad not having won this title, but think about, how Nadal can be sad havin
06/08/2008 | 06:28 PM
Roger, please keep your mind off the titles such as the GOAT etc..... These titles will not make you a happier nor a better person. You should look at tennis as your chosen vocation or your personal business. If you still want to do it you should work
06/08/2008 | 06:25 PM
I am really sad for you today Roger. That was the king of clay at his best and you tried everything from coming to the net to drop shots you name it you tried it and he had all the answers.

I hope that you are going to get over this humiliating defeat
06/08/2008 | 06:25 PM
ROGER FEDERER MADE 38 REPEAT THIRTY
EIGHT UNFORCED ERRORS REMINDER
THE PLAYER WHO MAKES LESS ERRORS
ON THE CLAY COURT ALWAYS WINNS THE GAME THIS IS FOR ALL THE FANS WHO
REALY LOVES ROGER FEDERER AND WHEN
YOU RECKON THIS THAN YOU ALL ARE
REAL FANS
06/08/2008 | 06:25 PM
Roger,
I was disappointed today. You looked listless. Bad day at the office ... I have so many of them! Anyways I'm happy you made it to the finals at least given the illness and stuff. You are intelligent and you will do a root cause analysis to improve
06/08/2008 | 06:20 PM
hi Roger,
You may have been defeated today but you are still number one and there is no doubting you as the best tennis player EVER!!!!!!!! you've got wimbledon and US open comming up and have an excelent chance of winning. come on roger keep your chin u
06/08/2008 | 06:17 PM
Federer.......... I am proud of you Brother!!!!!!!!!! I really am!!!!!!!!!!!! I do not know if you can win RG or even get to finals again. But I think you had the best chances in your early years......... But hey do well in other courts bro!!!!!!!!!!
06/08/2008 | 06:12 PM
I don't think it was Roger's day today either...and I also believe he is not over the Mono effects yet, even though he has told the media that is all in the past now. Of course he must say that...why would he want his rivals to know he still has off-days
06/08/2008 | 06:11 PM
please can u all forget about the title tennis the GOAT think about what he is going through now. am just a fan but i cant stop crying the look at his face is a killer
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