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  1. 01 Feb '09 11:46
    7-5 6-3 6-6
  2. 01 Feb '09 18:16
    Nadal won.
  3. 01 Feb '09 18:32
    Federer cried.
  4. Standard member najdorfslayer
    The Ever Living
    01 Feb '09 19:26
    I would have done!!

    Interestingly Federer won more points than Nadal overall.
  5. 02 Feb '09 15:39
    That's 3 in a row for nadal. Can Federer beat this guy?
  6. 03 Feb '09 00:07
    Originally posted by dryhump
    That's 3 in a row for nadal. Can Federer beat this guy?
    Originally posted by dryhump
    That's 3 in a row for nadal. Can Federer beat this guy?

    the last two matches between these two have been absolute epics -- incredible tennis from both sides. But both matches went 5 sets - and while Nadal won both, it's clear that they appear to be very evenly matched (on non-clay surfaces). Nadal may be better, but if they were to play 20 matches, I'd expect Federer to win at least 7 or 8 of them.

    On clay, Nadal is on a totally different planet

    One of Federer's main weaknesses is that until Nadal came along, Federer went a few years where he almost never had a match in a major that was even close -- so he hasn't had much experience dealing with adversity. On the other hand, it seems like Nadal always has a tough match in there somewhere - such as the one he had vs Verdasco. I think Federer is still probably the better player, but Nadal right now is a bit tougher when the pressure is on, and that's been the difference.

    I believe Federer will address this - you learn the most when you lose - and it's possible that future matchups will be even better than the last two (which would mean some absurdly amazing tennis).