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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 | 03:06 PM
Hey Guys,
Sublime shot-making from both players. It's a pity in end that there had to be loser.

I didn't have the heart to watch most of the final set after Roger was down 1-3. After that, it was inevitable that he would lose.

Well, now I guess t
02/01/2009 | 03:05 PM
Well After being up since 2.30 am (Mexico) It is time to try to get some sleep.

SHOULD Any of us reproach ROGER for this loss?

I do not think so. Becouse He did an amaizing Game. and he deserved to WIN. We all are FANS and maybe we are Upset, MAd, o
02/01/2009 | 03:04 PM
you played great.u were perfect.thank u for this moments.i cannot stand your tears so please stop crying.it s killing me.love u
guys please be understanding.he was so great don t punish him he suffers enough.
02/01/2009 | 03:03 PM
I'm so SAD now.......and I crying too.

Roger you are GREAT. Thank you ons more
02/01/2009 | 02:59 PM
oh no roger,u could easily win him.u had plenty of time to break him why did u make so many ues?I am so sorry.u didnt have much concentration during the match that's why u lost.u played fantastically up to final but in the final u couldn't win.plz do s.th
02/01/2009 | 02:57 PM
oh no roger,u could easily win him.u had plenty of time to break him why did u make so many ues?I am so sorry.u didnt have much concentration during the match that's why u lost.u played fantastically up to final but in the final u couldn't win.plz do s.th
02/01/2009 | 02:45 PM
Roger!

I can't imagine how you feel but have an inkling. You're always number one to me!

Go, Rogie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
02/01/2009 | 02:45 PM
Don't worry, you have too much time. i know you will do it. it was the greatest pleasure for me to watch you there. thank you very much for everything. and please try to find ways to beat Nadal. see you soon...
02/01/2009 | 02:44 PM
Roger ,you are the best and you always will be the best.We believe in you and i am sure you will take your 14th historical title on the next Grand slam.
02/01/2009 | 02:44 PM
Dear Roger,

dun cry! !!!!!(maybe the god just kidding you)
you are still our hero and still No.1 in fan's heart:)
Tonight you played a wonderful game because you never give up..

All the best for the next game:)
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