2006 FRENCH OPEN
RAFAEL NADAL v ROGER FEDERER
1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6
Rafael Nadal left no doubt that he is still the "King of Clay".
Nadal earned his 2nd consecutive French Open title and ended Roger Federer's hopes of holding all four Grand Slam titles
at once with a four-set win on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Spaniard became the first man to beat Federer in a Grand Slam final, winning in three hours two minutes.
Federer came out playing well and Nadal was not moving as well as usual. After taking the first set, Federer started missing
an alarming number of shots both long and into the net. The Swiss #1 looked frustrated with his game and his opponent
and it was not until late in the fourth set that he appeared to fight back hard enough to possibly extend the match to a fifth set.
Nadal was, as usual, hitting with huge topspin and wanting to rally all day long in the 90 degree heat.
It seems like he might never get tired or hit a ball out of play. Combine Nadal's superb play with a shocking
78 unforced errors from Federer, and the dreams of a Federer Slam were wiped out.