Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal

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2006 Monte Carlo Masters, Final
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2006 Monte Carlo Masters, Final

Nadal wins 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (5)

The undisputed King of Clay, Nadal ran off his 42nd straight win on dirt when he defeated Federer in three sets. At the time, Federer had won 130 of 136 matches since the '04 Olympics, but three of those defeats were to Nadal. Still, the Swiss professed that he was getting closer to solving the mystery his nemesis posed. "I enjoyed the battle against him, and it answers a lot of questions I was asking myself prior to the clay-court season," Federer said. "This was definitely a fantastic week for me."

Nadal leads series 4-1.


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