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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 | 01:25 PM
Robby Paris
If you a true fan of Roger, you wouldn't give up so easily.... you will stand by him... whether the outcome....
so needless to say... you are not a true fan... you are just a fair weather fan...
02/01/2009 | 01:25 PM
Roger still has a shot -- but he has to start working Nadal.
02/01/2009 | 01:24 PM
stay strong Rog!!!!! yes amazing play!!!!! top 10 drop again what a drop shot was that unreal one!!!! and the other one and what a fh into cross line not real one!!!!!! the point went to Nadal but that was unreal and bp saved again stay strong Roger!!!! y
02/01/2009 | 01:23 PM
Nadal is just better :(
02/01/2009 | 01:22 PM
C'MON ROGER FEDERER!
You can do it!
I'm gonna cheer for you all the way!
02/01/2009 | 01:22 PM
ALL THOSE FANS WHO ARE TALKING HERE
ABOUT A 14 TH GS FORGET THIS
FEDERER IS IN BIG TROUBLE
02/01/2009 | 01:21 PM
Roger playing so casually. he is not going to win this match by playing like that. This is really upseting and nauseating too, I am so worried that he can't even get his 1st serve in.
02/01/2009 | 01:20 PM
LET US BE DEPOSITED WITH THE FACT
ROGER WILL NEVER BEAT NADAL AGAIN
02/01/2009 | 01:19 PM
Federer doesn't believe he can beat nadal.
02/01/2009 | 01:17 PM
oh no..