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Taking the rivalry to a new level

31.01.2009 | Off Court

Sunday's match between Roger and Rafael Nadal will be their 19th encouter as professional tennis players. But the final of the Australian Open will take their rivalry to another level. The two have never met Down Under before. And it is the first time that Nadal will enter the court as world number one.

 

Roger has been defeated 12 times in 18 career meetings. The question now is whether Rafa can beat Roger on hard courts. This will be the Spaniard's first major final on the surface he has found hardest to master and on which Roger has ruled for five years. Roger won both matches they played on hard courts so far: 2006 and 2007 at the Tennis Masters in Shanghai. Our champ has won eight of his 13 Grand Slam titles on hard courts and has certainly proved that he is in great shape with impressive displays in Melbourne.

 

Roger is moving forward in many aspects of tennis history. With this weekend's final he is just one shiy of Ivan Lendl’s unprecedented 19 major final appearances. And a win would lift him into a tie with Pete Sampras for 14 Grand Slam titles. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity for me, not being No. 1 anymore, trying to beat No. 1 in the world and getting the 14th Grand Slam,” Roger said.

 

 
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02/01/2009 | 01:30 PM
pokah22 : when i say every surface, i mean grass at wimbledon, clay at Roland Garros, and hard court today at AO. That's what i meant, i didn't say every slam....
and for the member who said that my comment was disgusting, the way gives points to nadal i
02/01/2009 | 01:29 PM
The fire is not there yet -- the desire to win is missing -- he wants to win, but he wants Nadal to give it to him. That will not happen. He has to start imagining the trophy and maybe it will get him going.
02/01/2009 | 01:28 PM
LET US PRAY THAT FEDERER KEEP
HIS FITNIS
02/01/2009 | 01:28 PM
This match is going to 4 hrs, what a long match that Nadal is dragging this to? Roger can u break Nadal here and run with the 4th set like u did at Wimbledon 2007?
02/01/2009 | 01:28 PM
oh man what a shot. how strong Roger is. amazing. milyen eros vagy te ez. unwriteable. bears the pressure in an unvelievable way. amazing.
02/01/2009 | 01:27 PM
WELL DONE ROGIE!!!
02/01/2009 | 01:26 PM
guys you suck ass!!! completely.

who needs enemies with fans like you...

GGGGOOOO RROOOGER!!!!!
02/01/2009 | 01:26 PM
guys you suck ass!!! completely.

who needs enemies with fans like you...

GGGGOOOO RROOOGER!!!!!
02/01/2009 | 01:26 PM
guys you suck ass!!! completely.

who needs enemies with fans like you...

GGGGOOOO RROOOGER!!!!!
02/01/2009 | 01:26 PM
Jaan, ur imitation of Rafa is perfect, Roger is struggling to hold a serve. Thank God that at the last minute, I decided not to tape the match, even if he wins, it won't be interesting to watch the match again. Why is it so hard to hold serve against Rafa