Federer ends Nadal's fantastic streak.
Roger Federer managed to defeat Rafael Nadal 2-6, 6-2 and 6-0 on a clay surface today at the finals of the Hamburg tournament. Nadal's previous loss on clay happened on april of 2005. His streak ends with an impressive 81 straight wins.
Federer started the match timidly but managed to elevate his play as the match went on. Rafael Nadal said after the match that he was feeling fine physically but felt some mental fatigue as the match went on. His semifinal match (that lasted 2 hours and 34 minutes) is maybe part of the cause of his mental letdown.
This is a warning sign that Nadal should aknowledge as the Roland Garros tournament, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season is just around the corner. Anything is now possible for Roger Federer, who is looking for a first title in career at the french Grand Slam, the only Grand Slam title eluding Roger this far.
Today's result will probably increase the fans' interest for the Roland Garros tournament now that Nadal showed that he is not totally invincible, even on clay.
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