A year after the semi-final match in Paris, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were the two players to win on clay again in 2006. They pushed each other to the limits in the finals in Monte Carlo and Rome (one of the greatest matches of all time). time) before assigning another title at Roland Garros.
Nadal was the defending champion, playing Federer in his first final in Paris. The Swiss had hoped to complete his Grand Slam career at the age of 24 and set records as the third player to hold all four Grand Slams after Don Badge and Rod Laver.
It was another classic showdown between the world’s best players, and Nadal emerged as the winner after three hours and two minutes. Rafa defeated Roger 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 to claim his second major title after turning 20 and his 60th straight victory on clay!
Rafa earned 12 points more than Roger, sent 77% and saved seven points out of ten for a break. Nadal was only broken once after a slow start in the opening set and kept the pressure on the other side. Roger faced 12 break points and lost four times.
He kept in touch with his great rival until the last point but missed the opportunity to send the match to the decider. Roger did his best to keep Rafa at the same level, but he ended up with many unforced errors, such as several times in their confrontations.
The shortest point to four strokes was the dominant part, and Nadal gained the decisive advantage. Federer was on the same level as Nadal on the longest points, but that wasn’t enough to give him the edge or force the deciding set.
The Swiss had to work hard from the start, saving two break points in the opener of the encounter and avoiding an early setback with a serve winner. He broke Rafa in the second game for a promising start and hit the ball with a leading forehand 3-0.
The Swiss had the advantage so far, breaking the defending champions in the fourth game to increase the lead. Rafa dropped three break points in the fifth game and earned his name on the scoreboard in the next game.
Rafael Nadal defended the Roland Garros title at the expense of Roger Federer in 2006.
Too late for any comeback, Roger retained the love in Game Seven to wrap up the opening match 6-1.
Nadal managed to dominate well at the start of the second set, breaking his opponent 40-0 in the second game with a backhand on cross court to take the first advantage. Federer fouled a backhand to find himself 3-0 behind, and Nadal took a 5-1 lead when the Swiss sent in a long ball.
Rafa finished the set with a serve win in the seventh game, leveling the overall score and gaining momentum for the next sets. The Spaniard retained the fourth match of the third set after defending four break points and getting a strong boost.
Federer broke in the next game after a terrible forehand from the world no. 1. A forehand win boosted Rafa’s break in Game Six, and another hit 4-3 to maintain the lead. Serving for the set in match 10, Nadal held 15 after Federer’s backhand error and became the favorite to bring the match home and defend the title.
Rafa made the best start in the fourth set, breaking Roger in the opening match with a forehand and leading 2-0 with an unrebounding serve. Nadal served for the 5-4 victory, but Federer was not denied at that point.
The Swiss broke the ball after a fatal error in the front kicks of his opponent and made the score 5-5. Easy passes led them to a tiebreaker, and Roger got his first small break after another forehand error by Rafa. Suddenly, Roger sprays two non-forced bugs, which will cost him a lot.
He lost the advantage and sent momentum to Nadal’s side by netting. A great defense pushed Rafa up 5-2 before earning two match points with another good serve for Roger’s backhand on the 10th point. He converted the first goal with a forehand winning shot, fell to the ground and celebrated the most important success of his career.