Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, and Switzerland's Roger Federer hold their trophies after their
men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament (AP).

Nadal, Master of Clay, Swamps Federer in Paris

June 09, 2008 02:45 PM
by Liz Colville
Rafael Nadal of Spain won his fourth consecutive French Open in straight sets, beating his top-ranked rival 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.

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Rafael Nadal is now 28-0 at Roland Garros and ties Bjorn Borg for the most French Open titles. Borg, in the front row for the match, presented Nadal his trophy Sunday.

For Federer, Roland Garros continues to be the missing link, now even farther off as the all-time great suffers his worst season start and his most lopsided Grand Slam loss.

Federer has won each of the other Grand Slams three, four and five times, but has been repeatedly stymied by Nadal’s prowess on clay. Nadal leads their tournament rivalry 11-6.

Nadal is both Roger Federer’s favorite opponent and the thorn in his side. He is the only man who has kept Federer from earning a career slam—all four major titles—and joining the ranks of Agassi, Budge, Perry, Emerson and Laver.

Nadal praised Federer in an interview following his June 6 semi-final defeat of Novak Djokovic in straight sets. “I like playing him because it's just—it's just wonderful playing against him,” but added that he does not analyze Federer’s matches.

Djokovic called Nadal the “best defensive player in the world,” and Federer, following his French Open loss, remarked that “Rafa is really very, very strong this year. He dominated this tournament like perhaps never before. Like Bjorn. He deserves this title.”

Headline Link: 'Nadal's Rout Makes Mockery of a Rivalry'

Background: Mutual Respect and a Historic Rivalry

Opinion & Analysis: A matchup verging on historic

Key Players: The best in men’s tennis

Roger Federer (1981–)
Rafael Nadal (1986–)

Related Topic: Federer Falls Ill with Mononucleosis

Reference: Tennis Records and Statistics


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