2006 French Open: Nadal defeats Paul Henri Mathieu 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4

One of Nadal’s most memorable match in Roland Garros. After two straight sets victories over Robin Soderling and Kevin Kim, Rafa met french clay-court specialist Paul Henri Mathieu (PHM) in the third round of 2006 French Open. Born and raised in Strasbourg, PHM trained for 3 years at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Junior French […]

2006 Rome F: Nadal defeats Federer 6-7(0) 7-6(5) 6-4 2-6 7-6(5)

Nadal had established himself as the King of Clay by winning his first French Open in 2005. Two weeks before this Rome final Federer had lost to Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters series. At the time, the Rafa-Fed rivalry was just peaking, and some tennis analysts like Carillo thought Nadal would just be another […]

Rafa’s playing style

Rafa Nadal: “My game is to play with the rallies. I don’t want to play serve and volley or serve and one shot or ace. Everybody has to know that. My game is to play with intensity, play good rhythm all the time, and try to play long times without having mistakes.” Forehand: His heavy […]

Nadal-Federer rivalry

One of the greatest (if not the greatest) all time tennis rivalry. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal provide us some spectacular, intense and emotional tennis each time they play. Everyone remember their epic 2008 Wimbledon final of course. What’s your favorite Nadal-Federer match? You can click the column to sort the table: No. Year Tournament […]

2005 French Open SF: Nadal defeats Federer 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4

Rafa won in 4 sets and qualified for his first Grand Slam final. He won the title after a hard fought battle against Mariano Puerta in 4 sets 6-7(6) 6-3 6-1 7-5.

2005 French Open, third round: Nadal defeats Gasquet 6-4 6-3 6-2

One month after their semi final in Monte Carlo, Gasquet and Nadal met in the third round of Roland Garros. An easy win for Nadal: 6-4 6-3 6-2.