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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 | 05:33 PM
Definitely today was not your day!!!!!

I'm so sad for you, but I'm so proud of you!!!

God will bless you. YOU, Roger Federer will be the champion of the RG, but not this year...

Keep on goning, dearest Roger!!!

We all love 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
06/08/2008 | 05:33 PM
There is just too much pressure Federer puts on himself, one day somebody will knock Nadal out and he will have a shot at French Open. Best here on for the 2 slams to come!
06/08/2008 | 05:32 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
06/08/2008 | 05:31 PM
This's my dark day. ayou driving me to despair.Why, why my King? but i believe, you'll winner in London!!!!!!!!!! Good luck, Roger !!!!! Ludmila from Poland
06/08/2008 | 05:31 PM
This's my dark day. ayou driving me to despair.Why, why my King? but i believe, you'll winner in London!!!!!!!!!! Good luck, Roger !!!!! Ludmila from Poland
06/08/2008 | 05:30 PM
Hey Guys,
What can we say? Federer underperformed and Nadal took every advantage. One thing I'm thankful for is the fact that Nadal did not do any extreme celebration to rub Roger's nose in it. He did not even fall onto the clay as is his custom. The
06/08/2008 | 05:30 PM
Roger,

It was not to be today, but keep the faith! And all fans, keep the faith. I think this is one to just shrug off and move on. The grass court season awaits! Do what you have to do to heal mind and body and we hope to see you in good form at H
06/08/2008 | 05:30 PM
Hey Guys,
What can we say? Federer underperformed and Nadal took every advantage. One thing I'm thankful for is the fact that Nadal did not do any extreme celebration to rub Roger's nose in it. He did not even fall onto the clay as is his custom. The
06/08/2008 | 05:29 PM
There was no fight from Roger, He seems that he knew it. He should not be disappointed. Well, Roger is moving on to his comfort zone now.......grass. So let's move on.

Dear loyal fans,

Just recall the time Jan - April, how Roger was ill and suffere