2007  ROME      


                RAFAEL NADAL       v           FERNANDO GONZALEZ  

6-2 , 6-2       



NADAL continues to make clay court history!

Rafael Nadal became the first man to win three successive Rome Masters titles with a straight-sets win over Fernando Gonzalez.

The Spainard's clay court winning streak now extends to 77 consecutive matches.

Gonzalez beat Nadal at there last meeting at the Australian Open, but today was a totally different match.

Gonzo has raised his play in the last year by combining his huge forehand with a safer slice backhand that lulls most opponents

into hitting slow-paced shots that the Chilean pounces on for winning forehands.  But those slices would have gone right to Nadal's

brutal lefty forehand, so Gonzalez strayed from his usual approach and seemed to revert to his old strategy of hitting everything hard.

Unfortunately for Gonzalez, his game was not firing on all cylinders and Nadal  was able to dominate convincingly.

After the match, Nadal reported that he felt he was playing his best tennis ever and intended to capitalize on the moment by playing

Hamburg instead of resting up for the French Open.   At the moment, it appears nobody can topple the 20 year old clay court beast

from Mallorca.