French Open 2008 Mens Final - [1] Roger Federer vs [2] Rafael Nadal

What Will Be the Result?


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zagor

Bionic Poster
Props to Belucci and Djokovic as well.They're the ones who gave Nadal the toughest time.
 

ACE of Hearts

Talk Tennis Guru
Now all the doom and gloom for Federer because he got spanked on his not best surface.

Congrats to Nadal.If he keeps this up at the french open for 2 more years, i will call him the greatest claycourter ever.
 

War Safin!

Professional
Classy stuff for Nadal by apologizing to Roger for this beatdown,I always respected him as a person and as a player and know I'll respect him even more.He will get Borg's record and go down as a GOAT on clay IMO.
What did he actually say?
 

Bassus

Rookie
Wow

Some things are clear now.

Federer did not play or compete well today, but having said that, Nadal played on such a high level that there was nothing Federer could have done. Nadal's A clay game is simply superior to everyone else's, including Federer. Unfortunately today we saw Nadal's A game vs Federer at less than A, and that equals a humiliating beat-down. To win the French going through Nadal would require Federer to have his A game while Nadal has an off day.

Federer will never win the French Open. He's about to turn 27, and even if someone else knocks off Nadal (which is almost inconceivable anytime soon barring injury), Federer will become increasingly vulnerable to lesser players as he gets older. Its too bad that Federer could not have developed the clay game he has now earlier. With the level he has reached on clay over the last two years, he would have won the French in 2004, and possibly also in 2005 and 2006 against Nadal. But now it is over. It is simply too late now.

If it is true that Wimbledon is even higher bouncing this year, then combined with the mental superiority Nadal enjoys over Federer, then I would expect Nadal to win there too should they meet again.
 
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nikdom

Guest
He's a genuenily classy guy and didn't want to make it tougher for Roger then it already is.Huge props for him for that.
It din't have to be in Roger's face, but what Rafa achieved was phenomenal too. Anyway, he is indeed a very classy guy for his age.
 

ubel

Professional
nadal wins french without dropping a set, and on his way he handed out 3 bagels and 9 breadsticks out of those 21 sets.. thats so freakin impressive, holy crap
 
Federer was there, hanging with Nadal midway through the 2nd set. He was trying to "up the heat," coming to net, going for lines. And genius that Federer is, he was pulling it off....up to a point. Nadal just simply doesn't give points away; his physical talent is perfectly matched with an incredible competitive focus. On clay, he is the COMPLETE package.

Nah, I don't think this should be about (needless) "fanboy" put-downs down one of the greatest--if not the greatest player of all time--I think this should be more about recognizing and celebrating Nadal's brilliant, determined play from the 1st round though the final and about making the case that Nadal has eclipsed Bjorn Borg as the greatest clay court player in history. Well done Rafa--great effort.
 

InvisibleSoul

Hall of Fame
I seriously believe we are not going to see Federer win another slam.
He will... just probably never the French. He might not win every single other slam like he did the previous three years, but he's continued to make at least the semi-finals for the past 16 slams, so it's a little drastic to predict he won't win another slam at this point.
 

SikSerb

Hall of Fame
Yeah Roger was very lucky not to have Djoko on his side of the draw. he wouldn't have even gotten to the final
Completely agree with you. Federer was lucky to have a cruisy draw and no Djokovic. Otherwise we wouldve seen Djokovic in the final, and probably giving in a much greater performance.
 

dh003i

Legend
Why was Rafa so muted in celebration? He should be proud of himself!
I'm sure he is.

I'm not bothered at all by it. Federer, although good on clay, just wasn't good enough. You have to acknowledge when a guy just plays awesomely perfect. When Federer won games, he had to play perfect, it was unreal the shots Nadal got to.

I wish Fed had mixed it up more even still -- especially the drop -- but I don't think he played horribly. It's just that Nadal played so perfect.

LOL @ McEnroe....he calls everything "bad luck". I think by "bad luck" he means you just ran into a guy playing better.

Edit: What a guy, McEnroe tells Nadal he's the best he's ever seen on clay, asks Nadal what he thinks of that; Nadal says, "I really can't say anything about that, because Bjorn Borg has won many times here, more than me". Like I said before the match, the guy is very humble, a great guy.
 
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WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
Watching this match, it was just out of Federer's hands. He doesn't have the level to beat Nadal today even if he had his A+ game. Nadal just has all of the weapons and defense for this surface.
 

NamRanger

G.O.A.T.
I'm sure he is.

I'm not bothered at all by it. Federer, although good on clay, just wasn't good enough. You have to acknowledge when a guy just plays awesomely perfect. When Federer won games, he had to play perfect, it was unreal the shots Nadal got to.

I wish Fed had mixed it up more even still -- especially the drop -- but I don't think he played horribly. It's just that Nadal played so perfect.

Federer played really poorly, and had a really dumb strategy. Nadal can change the directions too well on this surface, why the heck is he trying to attack up the line so much is beyond me.


Had Federer attempted to go to the Nadal forehand a few times, it would have allowed him to stretch the court some, and at LEAST make it a competitive match. Nadal KNEW Federer was just zeroing in on his backhand, and torched him all match long with it.
 

carelle

New User
Nadal played so good today he really deserves the title of being the KING OF CLAY..but he needs 2 more in order to be the greatest of all time on clay in order to break the record of Bjorn Borg.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
JMac: What happened?

Once you get down it's hard to attack him. Ihad a strategy but he couldn't carry it out. It was hard, high ball bounce too. I wasn't tired, it had tp do a lot with Nadal. Hard not ot let your head hang when you can't do anything.

Bad luck Roger.

JMac and Rafa:
 
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Morrissey

Guest
Federer played really poorly, and had a really dumb strategy. Nadal can change the directions too well on this surface, why the heck is he trying to attack up the line so much is beyond me.
You need to realize that nothing will work when Nadal plays like this. Only blisters can defeat Nadal at this stage.
 

NamRanger

G.O.A.T.
Nadal played so good today he really deserves the title of being the KING OF CLAY..but he needs 2 more in order to be the greatest of all time on clay in order to break the record of Bjorn Borg.

Nadal just bageled one of the GOAT in dominating fashion. How is he not the King of Clay now?
 
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nikdom

Guest
Roger seems to be ok with his play. He gave credit to Rafa's game more than blame his own in his interview with McEnroe.
 

InvisibleSoul

Hall of Fame
I'm sure he is.

I'm not bothered at all by it. Federer, although good on clay, just wasn't good enough. You have to acknowledge when a guy just plays awesomely perfect. When Federer won games, he had to play perfect, it was unreal the shots Nadal got to.

I wish Fed had mixed it up more even still -- especially the drop -- but I don't think he played horribly. It's just that Nadal played so perfect.

LOL @ McEnroe....he calls everything "bad luck". I think by "bad luck" he means you just ran into a guy playing better.
You're probably one of the most rational people on this board. Props to you.
 

Greenfin Beta

Semi-Pro
nadal is a great champion and a gentleman and he was simply the picture of perfection today. congratulations to him. he'd be a worthy successor to federer.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
JMac to Rafa>>>>How?

Did you expect to get beter and better. Is this hard woek or talent? My motivation has improved, I have to keep improving. I thought it would be a tough match.
JMac: You are the greatest cc player I've ever seen

I can't answer that. There are many great cc players

How would you beat Rafa? I'd be aggressive and not make many mistakes.
 
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ACE of Hearts

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal rules on clay, simple as that.I thought Roger played on but not as great and Nadal was out of this world.Fed never seems to bring anything new to the match.Trading shots back to back doesnt work because of all the high bounces to his backhand.
 

dh003i

Legend
Completely agree with you. Federer was lucky to have a cruisy draw and no Djokovic. Otherwise we wouldve seen Djokovic in the final, and probably giving in a much greater performance.
Right, Djokovic barely did better than Federer. And I think Nadal played even better in the final than the SF. Also, Fed beat Djoko at MC.
 

jmsx521

Hall of Fame
Is there any way they can replay the match?.... Things just didn't start off well for Federer from the beginning. Plus, the fans are already piling up at the cashier booths to get their money back. If the officials don't want the fans to go on strike, they might as well offer them another match: a rematch... today... after lunch.
 
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Morrissey

Guest
How?

Did you expect to get beter and better. Is this hard woek or talent. My motivation has improved, I have to keep improving. I thought it would be a tough match.
JMac: You are the greatest cc player I've ever seen

I can't answer that. How would you beat Rafa? I'd be aggressive and not make many mistakes.
When Nadal said that Mac had this look on his face like, HOW DO YOU DO THAT
 
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nikdom

Guest
Rafa said something about Roger being the same in defeat as in victory.
 

luckyboy1300

Hall of Fame
roger played bad. just look at his volleys. although he managed to get in some brilliant ones, all in all they sucked in this match. fed can't exactly read where the pass will go to.
 

Photoshop

Professional
From this year on, I don't want to see another "who's going to win FO" thread. Rafa will win here every year until he calls it quits
 

cucio

Legend
Time to recapitulate:

- Fed won one more game than Almagro or Verdasco, but ate a bagel. I guess those guys get some respect back, don't they?

- I told it several times, Djokovic had a better (albeit small) chance. Fed's BH and Nads' FH is a match made in hell. Q.e.d.

- That strange feeling that this was Fed's year was just probably some gas. Something you ate. Now you know.

- This match score says everything about the tournament. Nuff said.
 

SikSerb

Hall of Fame
Right, Djokovic barely did better than Federer. And I think Nadal played even better in the final than the SF. Also, Fed beat Djoko at MC.
Barely? Wow, I dont think we were watching the same match. I didnt see Djokovic lose a set 6-1, let alone 6-0, and get completely and utterly destroyed like what Nadal did to Federer.

I have no doubt Djokovic would have played a much better game against Nadal than what Federer did today.
 
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