May 17, 2009

Nadal-Federer rivalry and Nadal-Djokovic rivalry - Which is better?

Rafael Nadal saved three match points before beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9) in the longest three-set match in Masters Series history of 4 hours and 3 minutes yesterday to reach the Madrid Open final.

Nadal now reached an incredible seventh final this season after a 33rd straight win on clay!

This was his fifth straight win over Djokovic who had also lost to Nadal at the Olympics, the Davis Cup, and finals at Monte Carlo and Rome.

Nadal will now face his biggest rival Roger Federer for the championship.

Federer has lost his last five matches against Nadal, including the finals at the French Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open earlier this year, when the former world no.1 was in tears after the defeat.
"What's important for me is to get past that semifinal hurdle that I haven't been able to get past in the last couple of months," Federer said ahead of their 16th meeting in a final.

"I feel like playing him anywhere is a challenge. The extra flair here is that it's in Spain."
Could Nadal and Federer pull off another epic here at the Magic Box after an awesome match between Nadal and Djokovic last nite?

Let's see who's the second best clay court player in the world.

For those who don't get to see the live coverage on TV, you can check out TennisTV.com or atdhe.

(Via AP; Images via Yahoo! Sports)


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