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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 | 06:10 PM
roger fans, it's still a huge achievement for roger to get into the final. let's give him enough credit and keep fighting along with him for the upcoming big event in london and so on. obviously roger didn't play his best but i still have solid belief in
06/08/2008 | 06:08 PM
FANS CRITICS ON ROGER FEDERER
IS NOT BAD THAT IS WHAT WILL WAKE
HIM UP IT IS NOT THAT HE LOSES BUT
IT IS ON THE WAY HE LOSES THAT SEEMS
TO BE THIS YEAR THE BLACK SIDE OF HIS
ATTITUDE I DONT BLAME HIM THAT HE
LOSES I BLAME HIS ATTITUDE AND THAT
IS
06/08/2008 | 06:07 PM
Please could someone translates the speeches at the end. Thanks in advance.


A very sad fan at the moment.

06/08/2008 | 06:06 PM
watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txR42VGrJOY
I know he lost but he put up a really good fight
and for the guy wondering y nadal didn't fall to the ground and had a big celebration, this is because thre was no worth while competition
06/08/2008 | 06:06 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
06/08/2008 | 06:05 PM
Dear Roger,

Really wasn't your day...know you must be feeling mighty disappointed at the unforced errors especially the forehand...but I am very happy that you reached the Finals...take nothing from Nadal, he was not only playing well throughout the wh
06/08/2008 | 06:05 PM
I can't say that I'm not sad because I am sad but definitely not as you . I think the thing to do is to live with that because the most important thing in dreams is the spirit keep trying with a high confidence this is not only my opinion that you are th
06/08/2008 | 06:05 PM
roger, you simply played terribly bad today, the errors was just too muc. you made me cry and anygry today. it is very sad.
time to move on, we still got Wimbledon, i will still love you and will always support you no matter what.
06/08/2008 | 06:04 PM
As a Federer fan, I want to congratulations to Nadal for his 4th consecutive win and levelling the record with Bjon Borg!

Well done Roger for making the French Open Final 3 in a row !!

Regardless of what is happened today; you
06/08/2008 | 06:03 PM
Guys, he wouldn't have been that bad, if Nadal wasn't that good. He was too much, so don't be another too much on him.
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