Saturday, June 10, 2006

Match of the year?

Sunday morning, Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal may have the match of the year. Nadal's the number two player in the world and will be going for his 60th consecutive win on clay. Federer's the number one player in the world who's going for his fourth consecutive Grand Slam Title.

Nadal is the best defensive player I've seen. When his opponent hits an apparent winner, Nadal not only gets to the ball, but then he proceeds to hit an amazing shot. Federer, meanwhile, is good at everything. So we have the two best players in the world playing on clay, the best surface for tennis viewers who like rallies longer than two shots. Sounds like a good match to watch.

Some more info:

"...Federer and Nadal have met six times, with Nadal winning five. Three of those victories came this year -- and they represent the only times Federer has lost in 2006."

"...Those close to Federer say he wants this one very badly. The fact that he has now won 27 consecutive Grand Slam matches, second on the all-time list to Laver's 29, suggests it is possible."

"...Nadal is playing for history, too. He has never lost a French Open match; the win over Ljubicic raised his record to a pure 13-0. At the age of 20, he would be the youngest man to repeat at Roland Garros since Bjorn Borg in 1974-75."


Alan said...

Nevermind. The match was riddled with unforced errors. Federer was not on top of his game. Hopefully this rivalry continues.

Patriotsy2k said...

And remember to watch the US Open, with my woman Alina Jidkova making her triumphant return!