2005 NASDAQ-100 Open


Federer v Nadal

2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1



Roger Federer was lucky the final of the $6.5 million Nasdaq-100 Open was best-of-five sets.

Surprisingly, Federer was not in top form for most of the match; spraying an uncharateristic number of errors, missing overheads slams, and even double faulting on serve.  Federer showed he can win even when he can't dominate, and like a true champion, can come from way behind to pull out the victory.

It was the fifth title of 2005 and fourth in a row for Federer. It also was his second straight ATP Masters Series title, having defended his Pacific Life Open title at Indian Wells two weeks ago.

Late in the 3rd set, Federer showed uncharateristic emotion, smashing his racquet on the court. 

Nadal, the 18 year old Spanish lefty, showed that he is ready to compete for the top rankings on the ATP.  Even the great Federer avoided hitting to Nadal's blistering forehand, and the Spaniards big topsin shots and high kicking serves threw Roger's game off all day. 

Nadal was 2 points from victory in the 3rd set, but Federer was able to battle back from the brink.  Federer seemed as surprised as the crowd that he was able to pull this victory out.

Federer improved to 32-1 this year, the best start on the men's tour since John McEnroe was 39-0 in 1984. He's 48-1 since the start of the U.S. Open, with his lone loss to Marat Safin in the Australian Open semifinals.

Nadal will carry a ton of confidence with him onto his favorite surface for the clay-court season and is now a favorite for Roland Garros.