Sunday, June 11, 2006LiveBlogging: French Style
The French, however, is played on the same red slippery clay that Nadal grew up playing on in Spain. While Federer in his own right is a terrific clay courter, he hasn't been as good as Nadal and a matter of fact he is 0-4 against the Spaniard on clay.
Either way this is a crucial matchup for the tennis landscape. If Federer wins here he will have won the last four slams in a row and be on a great pace to win the yearly Grand Slam with his two best events, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, to come. If Federer enters the U.S. Open with a chance at the Grand Slam it will be a bigger madhouse in New York than it normally is.
So it's the best player in the world, possibly ever against the best clay-court specialist in the world. 1 vs. 2.
9:58 a.m. We pick up the action early in the second set, R-Fed won the first set 6-1 and looked brilliant. Nadal, on the other hand, was a bit overwhelmed but also made some uncharacteristic unforced errors. Nadal opens the second set with a service victory.
10:03 a.m. Nadal fights Federer's first service point of the second set from a 40-0 to a break point thanks to an awesome rally at 40-30. If Nadal would just commit to improving his grass and hard court games this could be the beginning of something special.
10:05 a.m. Nadal rips a backhand winner for the break and a 2-0 lead in the second set. Good stuff already.
10:43 a.m. Sorry had a phone call, Nadal easily won the second set as I spotted Vaughaniston in the...end zone seats? Well Brangelina they ain't, that's for sure.
10:46 a.m. Action has really picked up in the third set as every point is being heavily contested as Federer misses a forehand winner that would've given him a break.
10:50 a.m. Federer catches a solid forehand to give himself a second break in the point but Nadal counters with an ace and a mishit gives Nadal the point. He rallied back from 0-40.
10:58 a.m. Nadal fights for another break and goes up 3-2 in the third. I have a question on calling fault, who gets the seniority? I usually hear two voices but what if one calls it in? Do they have a duel?
11:06 a.m. Federer can't win a serve without a fight. It's amazing how tough Nadal is on this surface. Nadal is fight from 0-30, 0-40, 15-40 to deuce every time.
12:10 p.m. Sorry I've been distracted by worried family members. Yes there is a storm headed, no I don't think it will be a big deal. Meanwhile Nadal won the third set 6-4 and held a break in the fourth at 3-2, but R-Fed has fought but and is up 2-1 in the fourth-set tiebreak.
12:11 p.m. Nadal has all the mental edges on Federer being this his his surface where he is 4-0 against Federer. Oddly enough he also holds a 4-3 tiebreak edge. Nadal wins both points on Federer's serve to take a 3-2 tiebreak advantage.
12:13 p.m. Nadal is up 5-2 in the tiebreak thanks to a series of unforced errors on Federer. What's an "unforced error"? I mean the opposition forces you to take bad shots right?
12:16 p.m. Federer wins both points on his serve and even pulls out his terrific serve volley game to move the deficit to 5-4.
12:17 p.m. Nadal hits a service winner and has a double-championship point.
12:18 p.m. Nadal with a forehand smash and a victory! Solid match, I love the fact that Federer pushed the fourth to a tiebreaker, but Nadal is too tough on clay. He is now 6-1 against Federer.