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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 | 01:59 PM
Federer is not going for body serves. He is going to up his level in this set - burn the fire -- burn it!!
02/01/2009 | 01:59 PM
what bhs. damn. amazing and the serve!!! 30-0, 30-15!!!! 30all stay strong Roger!!!! 1-2 don't let this take you down Roger it's too early now!!!!
02/01/2009 | 01:58 PM
Praying for you,Roger.
I know you will win it.
02/01/2009 | 01:57 PM
thank u so much
02/01/2009 | 01:56 PM
you can watch it at:
but they don't have low data rates so I cant watch it, it needs high data rates
02/01/2009 | 01:55 PM
please anwser me
02/01/2009 | 01:55 PM
2-1 Nadal final set, Roger needs to break, and consolidate his break and run with this set. Rmb, there is no tie break in this set. Just hold serve and work towards breaking Nadal's serve, he can't be ahead.
02/01/2009 | 01:55 PM
don't let it take you down Roger!!!! hold on hold on Roger your play and the whole, the whole all, shots serves everything are amazing the break chance'll come for you hold on!!!!
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02/01/2009 | 01:54 PM
Sorry I haven't posted-- trying to keep my stomach down!

Hope you're all holding up!

Go, Rogie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!