French Open 2011: Roger Federer's Loss to Rafael Nadal: More Good Than Bad?

Matthew AdamsContributor IIIJune 6, 2011

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05:  (L to R) Champion Rafael Nadal of Spain and runner up Roger Federer of Switzerland pose following the men's singles final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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For any person to lose in the Finals of the French Open has to be disheartening, but if you are Roger Federer that might not be the case.

Sure, he would have loved to beat Rafael Nadal at this year's French Open, but that was highly unlikely. Instead, that match just proves how good Federer is. It proves that even though he hasn't played particularly well this past year, and even though he hasn't played a close match against Nadal in a longtime at Roland Garros, he still has the ability to raise his game.

He is supposed to be on the back side of his career, and for a few hours, he gave the world's No. 1 in the world a heck of a match on Nadal's best surface. It gives Federer the proof that he still has the ability to compete at an intensely high level, and it gives him hope that he will be able to regain his Wimbledon title in a couple of weeks.

It sends a message to the rest of the player's that Federer is not going to just sit around for a couple of years playing at a non-championship level, and watch other player's win majors. He is still going out there and trying to compete for more majors.  

It was good to see Federer out there playing quality tennis, because the last year and a half hasn't been right without him. The rivalry all of tennis loves is the one between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.  

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