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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 | 05:41 PM
My beloved Roger.-

This it should be enough frustrating for you... but the world is not finished today.

Paris is there and I know that you too. Today it was a very bad day for you and for all of us that love you so much.... but tomorrow will be an
06/08/2008 | 05:41 PM
My beloved Roger.-

This it should be enough frustrating for you... but the world is not finished today.

Paris is there and I know that you too. Today it was a very bad day for you and for all of us that love you so much.... but tomorrow will be an
06/08/2008 | 05:40 PM
Dearest Roger,
Although the disappointment for you will be fresh, I know you will never give up or lose hope.
You have come into the clay season with new tactics and more variety. Another year on the clay perfecting the tactics and practicing the execu
06/08/2008 | 05:39 PM
Roger Federer is our favourite and not because he's always win but because of himself and his tennis!!! that was not his day that's all! if someone hurts him because of it, then he/she should walk on the court in a grand slam final and do it. please don't
06/08/2008 | 05:38 PM
I was glad to hear John McEnroe say to Roger that he is a class act because that is very true. It seems Borg thinks that Nadal can win the next Wimbledon. I hope he is wrong about this. Nevertheless Roger you said such nice things about Nadal and you are
06/08/2008 | 05:38 PM


Major Bummer





06/08/2008 | 05:36 PM
It's clear that Federer will never beat nadal on clay. Hopefully he will beat him on grass, but this year this is also tricky too because Federer is far from the previous years form.
06/08/2008 | 05:35 PM
Roer, I hope you can wake up tomorrow and pretend that this NEVER happened. This must have been the WORST performance by a #1 at a GS Final event. If you don't wipe this out your mind and you face Nadal in the Wimbledon finals then he will beat you on you
06/08/2008 | 05:34 PM
Commiserations, Roger but you've still got another 2 Grand Slams to go for this year, and the Olympics, plus a couple of Masters shields here and there. It's definitely not the end of the world.

Watched the match and seemed you did not have any of you
06/08/2008 | 05:33 PM
ROGER FEDERER HAS DONE NOTHING
TO WINN AND AS WILANDER SAYS
ROGER FEDERER AND HIGUERAS HAVE
A L O N G W A Y TO GO AND BY THE WAY
ARE HIS PARENTS DIVORCED ??? SHE WAS
NOT AMOUNG THE SPECTATERS MAYBE
IS THAT WAT HURTS ROGER PITEY