• Federer beats Paire, Nadal next

    5/18/13 9:51 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Federer beats Paire, Nadal next World No. 3 Roger Federer is through to his third final at the Masters 1000 Rome, having ousted France's Benoit Paire in straight sets. The two-time runner-up moves on to face defending champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

    World No. 3 Roger Federer advanced to his first final of the season after defeating France's Benoit Paire late Saturday. The 31-year-old Swiss held ten of 11 service games en route to a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory.

    Federer rallied from 3-4 in the opening set to force a tie-break. The veteran trailed twice during the tie-break before leveling to 5-5. Federer reached set point at 6-5 then closed on a well-timed overhead smash.

    Paire fell behind 2-1 in set two after striking consecutive double-faults. Federer held the remainder of his service games to hold triple match point at 5-4. A final forehand winner put the Swiss into his third Masters 1000 Rome final.

    Federer completed the semifinal effort with 19 winners and 34 of 44 first-service points captured.

    He is through to face defending champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's title match. The Spaniard dismissed world No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-4.

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awful performance, needs to put up a much better show tomorrow to stand a chance

isfand , 5/18/13 10:16 PM

I hope Rafa is well recovered and fresh for tomorrow. Big match.


rafaisthebest , 5/18/13 10:20 PM

So the old man makes the first final of the year and whom does he see on the other side!! Rafa for the W 6-3 6-4

vmk1 , 5/18/13 10:33 PM

Roger in 3 Hopp Roger!

OnTheRise , 5/18/13 10:50 PM

Fed hasn't faced very tough opponents (on paper) and has been tested, I don't think his game is there yet.
Nadal has been more than tested and today (or yesterday, whatever) played incredibly well but in his press conference said that his left leg started to give up on him because of tiredness (nothing to do with the knee injury)... so obviously he's feeling the strain of these 8 finals.
But this is Nadal we're talking about and having Fed in front of him is reason enough to have a great match tomorrow. Let the best player win tomorrow. Good luck to both.

Shireling , 5/18/13 11:38 PM

So Nadal is getting tired? Don't believe the hype. I doubt Fed will buy into that either. Fed needs to serve like he did against JJ and attack. Time to reverse that Rome 2006 final result. On the other hand Nadal has played a lot in a short period of time. This reminds me of 2009. :-)

chr18 , 5/19/13 12:02 AM

Congrats to Fed on this win and for making it to the final! I look forward to what I hope will be a great match. There may be a tiebreaker in the first but I think Rafa will win in 2, just for fun lets say 7-6 (3), 6-3 for Nadal and let's see what happens.

grafight , 5/19/13 12:08 AM

Great on Federer that he can summon the wizardry to conjure a final on even his weakest surface during his leanest playing form. He does so with a panache and non-chalance that reverberates across the sporting world and transcends the crude and uncivilised world of sport like only the most gifted athletes/human beings can! He is the Lord of the tennis court.

Fedkovic23 , 5/19/13 2:14 AM


Conspirator , 5/19/13 3:34 AM

I see that crap19 has stopped reminding us that Federer is no. 1. The way it was about it's idol anyone would think Fed was going to be no. 1 forever. Notice the true Djoker fans don't even behave like that. And what happened to the aweful 'sodeling poerty'? Why aren't we reading a fed 'poetry' now before the Rome finals? In fact, why not just bring in the Boston Marathon - afterall, everything revolves around what's in the narrow minds of yanks like crap19, no?

jean , 5/19/13 3:46 AM

bwhahahha. So very funny that some don't know which Americans were referred to as Yanks in the Civil war. LOL. Perhaps a little bit of reading would help.

scoretracker , 5/19/13 6:06 AM

Exactly I'm from the 'Deep South' aka Confederate. What do you expect from jean the uneducated though? You know what's funny though? You never hear about the race to London until fall usually. However this year the Nadal fans are bragging about who's leading it (some are even claiming Nadal is #1 right now) even though the Djoker is ranked #1. Care to lecture your fellow fans about who's actually #1 jeanie?

chr18 , 5/19/13 1:46 PM

Oh alright, explains the Obama- hate, fascinating......

rafaisthebest , 5/19/13 1:56 PM


# hopespringseternal

rafaisthebest , 5/19/13 1:59 PM


They wouldn't be rafatards if they knew the difference between ATP ranking and the ATP race.

When the race actually has meaning [post USO], we will see where nadal is. As of now, rafa is no.5. Even a nobody like ferrer with 0 slams is ranked ahead. Unfortunately, this is what tennis history will remember, not the insignificant race that only negative IQ low-life like rafarats will confuse with the ranking!

Fedkovic23 , 5/19/13 2:28 PM

That would explain why crap19 is a red neck, uneducated buffoon. I'll leave you to lecture everyone about Fed being no. 1 - you're much better at BS.

jean , 5/19/13 2:45 PM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
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