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French Open on Sunday
French Open on Sunday
The finals of the French Open on clay should be a great match of Federer and Nadal. Roger is great and ranked No. 1, but Nadal has a great streak on clay and has beaten Roger many times there. I would bet Nadal wins but it should be a great match!
Federer, Nadal Go to French Open Final
June 09, 2006 11:42 AM EDT
PARIS - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet in the men's final of the French Open. Federer overcame a dismal start Friday to earn his first berth in a French Open final, leaving him one win shy of his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title.
With a pair of semifinal victories, tennis' top two players set up the Sunday showdown that most everyone has anticipated since the tournament began. It will be a clash of streaks: the top-ranked Federer's 27 consecutive wins in Grand Slam matches, and defending champion Nadal's record 59 wins in a row on clay.
"To play in our first Grand Slam final against each other, I think that's quite special, you know, No. 1 and No. 2 in the world," Federer said.
The marquee matchup briefly appeared in jeopardy. Down one set and 3-0 in the second, Federer rallied and led 3-6, 6-4, 5-2 when No. 3-seeded David Nalbandian retired with an injured abdominal muscle.
Nadal advanced in more straightforward fashion against No. 4 Ivan Ljubicic but took 2 hours, 49 minutes to win 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7).
If Federer wins the championship, he would become only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, joining Don Budge and Rod Laver. He also would become the sixth man to achieve a career Slam by winning all four majors.
"It would be something quite incredible," Federer said. "It hasn't happened for such a long time. To have created this opportunity, it's unbelievable."
But he's 1-5 against Nadal with four consecutive losses, including a defeat a year ago in the French Open semifinals. Nadal is 13-0 at Roland Garros, and 23-0 this year on clay.
Justine Henin-Hardenne will bid for her third Roland Garros title Saturday against Svetlana Kuznetsova, who will play in her first Grand Slam final since winning the 2004 U.S. Open.
On another day fit for a Paris postcard - breezy, but sunny and 80 degrees - much of the crowd was late to show up. Federer was, too, losing three of his first six service games while Nalbandian served well, held easily and won five consecutive games.
"I really thought I was going to lose that match," Federer said. "I was fortunate, for I was not doing too well."
6/12/2006 1:19 pm
Was not close, Nadal won as Nadal was great and Roger was not...|