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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 | 02:04 PM
4-1 against Roger. Thoughts?
02/01/2009 | 02:04 PM
I AM SO SAD THEY WAY FEDERER HAS GIVEN
THIS MATCH AWAY
FRUSTATION IS THE WORD AWFULL AND
NOT WORTHY FOR THE SO CALLED
GREATEST TENNIS PLAYER
02/01/2009 | 02:04 PM
Roger,

No, please don't make too many unforced errors. Please improve your first service level. I am still believe in you man. Take the break back and win this match. You can do that.

With respect,
Cesar
02/01/2009 | 02:04 PM
we need a miracle now...down 1/4 in fifth Come on Roger you can do it!
02/01/2009 | 02:03 PM
Go Roger, be strong ....

You CAn do it!!!!!
02/01/2009 | 02:03 PM
Go Roger, be strong ....

You CAn do it!!!!!
02/01/2009 | 02:03 PM
Roger,

No, please don't make too many unforced errors. Please improve your first service level. I am still believe in you man. Take the break back and win this match. You can do that.

With respect,
Cesar
02/01/2009 | 02:03 PM
Roger will not be able to come back if he is broken.
02/01/2009 | 02:02 PM
10% chances for federer.
I think GS is gone.
02/01/2009 | 02:01 PM
nooo..