Can Federer Win The Nadal Open?

Kym CharlesContributor IMay 19, 2009

MALLORCA, SPAIN - MAY 2: Rafael Nadal of Spain and  Roger Federer of Switzerland share a joke after  the The Battle of the Surfaces between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at The Palma Arena on May 2, 2007 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

This Sunday marks the beginning of the French Open tennis tournament and the continuation of one of the greatest rivalries in sport today.  Former World No. 1 Roger Federer versus the current No. 1, Rafael Nadal.

The French Open Grand Slam could almost be renamed the Nadal Open as the Spaniard has entered the tournament four times and won each of the last four titles.  This is the only Grand Slam title to elude Roger Federer.

The Swiss maestro has reached the final three times (2006-2008) but has run into a white hot Nadal every time.  To make matters worse, it was Nadal who eliminated Federer in the semis in 2005.

But this year could be different.  Maybe. 

This past weekend, Fed-Ex defeated Rafa in the final of the Madrid Masters on clay and ended a five match losing streak to the Spanish star.  He also ended Nadal's 33 match winning streak on clay.

So is this Roger's year to complete his career Grand Slam and equal Pete Sampras's record of Grand Slam titles?  It would be a brave person to bet against another Nadal v Federer final and with his victory over the Spaniard fresh in his mind maybe, just maybe, this could be his chance.

Whatever the result, we are destined to enjoy another tournament of the highest quality tennis.


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