2007 FRENCH OPEN
ROGER FEDERER v RAFAEL NADAL
Federer seemed weighed down by the pressure of all-time greatness, as he could not capitalize on the opportunities he had to get leads on Nadal.
Nadal becomes the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win three successive titles at Roland Garros.
Federer had been hoping to join Rod Laver and Don Budge as the third man to hold all four major titles at once.
"To win this for a third time is an absolute dream for me," said Nadal.
Federer admitted: "It was an incredible effort from Rafa once again. Of course I am disappointed but I was playing a great player.
"I had so many opportunities but I couldn't take them unfortunately."
The clash between the #1 and #2 players was already intriguing.
Nadal, the King of Clay, the exuberant Spaniard versus the composed Swiss champion, Roger Federer.
It became more compelling when Federer finally beat Nadal on the clay in the Hamburg Masters just before the French Open began.
Now that both players made it to the final Sunday, the tension was palpable and the everyone could feel in the air that a historic match
might be witnessed on this day.
Federer had the chance to complete a Career Grand Slam if he wins against one of the best ever clay courters that has NEVER LOST
at Roland Garros. If he is able to knock off the defending champion on the surface that Nadal's game was built for, it will be an
amazing accomplishment. Add to that how few people EVER have won all four major tournaments, and Federer will have a lot
of things to think about if he has a chance to serve a match point.
Nadal on the other hand, won his 21st straight victory on the red clay of Paris and his 3rd consecutive French Open title.
The French Open is widely considered the most difficult major to win and it hasn't been won 3 times in a row
since the great Bjorn Borg did it four times from 1978-1981.
An amazing rivalry between the two players and a chance at history for both makes this match one for the ages.