4th French Open title for Rafa, who crashed Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0 in 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Check out the whole match below:

Nadal had (again) a successful clay-court campaign in 2007, winning Monte Carlo and Rome Masters Series, Barcelona tournament, before losing to Roger Federer in the final of Hamburg Masters Series.
This loss ended Rafa’s record of 81 consecutive wins on clay. But he rebounded from this defeat and only lost one set (to Federer) en route to his third French Open title.

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 clay court specialist like Bruguera or Kuerten (how wrong she was…)

<After 5 hours of play and two match points saved, the Spaniard emerged as the winner. He equalled Vilas record of 53 consecutive wins on clay and also improved to 5-1 against the world No 1.

Rafael Nadal

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Roger Federer

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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 Surface Round Winner Score R. F. R. N.
1. 2004 Masters Series Miami Hard R32 Nadal 6–3, 6–3 0 1
2. 2005 Masters Series Miami Hard Final Federer 2–6, 6–7(4), 7–6(5), 6–3, 6–1 1 1
3. 2005 French Open Clay Semi-final Nadal 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3 1 2
4. 2006 Dubai Hard Final Nadal 2–6, 6–4, 6–4 1 3
5. 2006 Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay Final Nadal 6–2, 6–7(2), 6–3, 7–6(5) 1 4
6. 2006 Masters Series Rome Clay Final Nadal 6–7(0), 7–6(5), 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(5) 1 5
7. 2006 French Open Clay Final Nadal 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(4) 1 6
8. 2006 Wimbledon Grass Final Federer 6–0, 7–6(5), 6–7(2), 6–3 2 6
9. 2006 Tennis Masters Cup Hard Semi-final Federer 6–4, 7–5 3 6
10. 2007 Masters Series Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Final Nadal 6–4, 6–4 3 7
11. 2007 Masters Series Hamburg Clay Final Federer 2–6, 6–2, 6–0 4 7
12. 2007 French Open Clay Final Nadal 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 4 8
13. 2007 Wimbledon, London, England Grass Final Federer 7–6(7), 4–6, 7–6(3), 2–6, 6–2 5 8
14. 2007 Tennis Masters Cup Hard Semi-final Federer 6–4, 6–1 6 8
15. 2008 Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay Final Nadal 7–5, 7–5 6 9
16. 2008 Masters Series Hamburg Clay Final Nadal 7–5, 6–7(3), 6–3 6 10
17. 2008 French Open Clay Final Nadal 6–1, 6–3, 6–0 6 11
18. 2008 Wimbledon Grass Final Nadal 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7 6 12
19. 2009 Australian Open Hard Final Nadal 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6, 6–2 6 13
20. 2009 Madrid Masters Clay Final Federer 6–4, 6–4 7 13
21. 2010 Madrid Masters Clay Final Nadal 6–4, 7–6(5) 7 14
22. 2010 London Hard Final Federer 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 8 14
23. 2011 Miami Hard SF Nadal 6-3, 6-2 8 15
24. 2011 Madrid Clay SF Nadal 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 8 16
25. 2011 French Open Clay F Nadal 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1 8 17

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.