Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal

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2006 Rome Masters, Final
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2006 Rome Masters, Final

Nadal wins 6-7 (0), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5)

Nadal tied the record for consecutive clay-court wins (53) in impossibly dramatic fashion, staving off two match points and defeating Federer in a five-set epic. Nadal's 16th title also tied him with Bjorn Borg for most tournaments won as a teenager. Though Federer kept a brave face in defeat -- "This is another step; I'm on the right track," he vowed -- his tentative play when he held match point was further evidence that Nadal had taken up residence in his head.

Nadal leads series 5-1.


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