Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Rafael Nadal Vs Roger Federer

Half grass and half clay court
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Balearic Islands witness the clash of Two great tennis Giants of Modern Era-
Roger Federer, Swiss Gem, The N0.1 player of Tennis World and Rafael Nadal No.2,the Spaniard.
And the winner is :
Rafael Nadal, the undisputed chamipon of clay court.
Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (10) in an exhibition match on Wednesday which itself is a Unique match in tennis history, as it is played on a half-grass, half-clay court

The Match details are:
Nadal came into the match with a record 72 straight wins on clay.On the other side Federer hasn't lost on grass in four years ~~ a 48-match run that includes four straight Wimbledon titles.

Federer was leading 4-1 in the tiebreaker before Nadal rallied. After the Spaniard double-faulted while ahead 6-5, the players traded match points. Nadal then hit three of the final four winners from the clay side before a sellout crowd of about 7,000.
The grass caused some tricky bounces, especially as the match progressed. But both players showed little difficulty in switching surfaces, as they changed shoes at changeovers.
The grounds crew on Wednesday morning had to rip up and relay the grass court, which cost $1.63 million and had taken 19 days to prepare.

After the players split the first two sets, the jokes dissipated and both players went for the win. Nadal displayed his trademark fist-pump for the first time after Federer's forehand landed long on the clay for a 4-3 lead. Both players held serve to force the tiebreaker, with Nadal dominating the baseline and Federer the net.
Nadal, who has won three straight titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, held a 4-0 lead over Federer on clay. Federer is 1-0 against the Spaniard on grass. Nadal leads the series with Federer 7-3.

Nadal, serving from clay to start, won the first point of the match after a rally of groundstrokes ended with Federer hitting his forehand into the net. Another Federer shot into the net, a backhand, gave the Spaniard the first game.

Nadal broke first in the fourth game on grass then watched Federer net a forehand as the Spaniard held from the clay for a 4-1 lead. Federer rallied to 4-4 after a break of his own before Nadal lashed a crosscourt forehand winner for a 5-4 advantage before breaking Federer again in the 12th game for the set.

Federer bounced back in the second, breaking Nadal on his second try from the green side. Federer's one break while returning on grass was enough for the 10-time Grand Slam champion to prevail in the second.

Both players were eager to do this again next year.
"It was a fun way to pass 2 1/2 hours," Nadal said.

Courtesy: Yahoo Sports News and AP

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