Once Again, It’s Federer and Nadal
Roger Federer will get another chance to beat Rafael Nadal on clay when the world’s top two players meet for the second straight year today in the Monte Carlo Masters final.
Both players reached the final without dropping a set. Federer downed Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-3, 6-4, yesterday, and Nadal followed by beating Tomas Berdych, 6-0, 7-5.
Federer has lost four straight times to the second-ranked Nadal on clay, including finals last year at Monte Carlo, the Rome Masters and the French Open.
Federer, who also lost to Nadal on clay in the 2005 French Open semifinals, snapped a four-match losing streak against Nadal by beating him in two other finals: Wimbledon and the Masters Cup in Shanghai.
Nadal leads Federer 4-3 in finals and 6-3 overall. . . .
In Delray Beach, Fla., Venus Williams rallied to win, and sister Serena completed a sibling sweep, leaving the U.S. Fed Cup team on the verge of beating Belgium.
Playing Fed Cup for the first time since 2003, Serena beat Caroline Maes, 6-1, 6-4, to give the Americans a 2-0 lead in the bestof-five opening-round match.
Venus struggled early with gusty conditions and fell behind 5-3 before winning 11 consecutive points, then beat Kirsten Flipkens, 7-5, 6-2.
Singles matchups will be reversed today, followed by doubles, and Serena can clinch a U.S. victory by beating Flipkens. The winning team will face the RussiaSpain winner in the semifinals fol- lowing Wimbledon in July.
Russia led Spain, 2-0, in Moscow. France and Italy, both playing at home, took 2-0 leads over Japan and China, respectively. . . .
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Rafael Nadal, the master on clay, serves during a win over Tomas Berdych. Nadal will play top-ranked Roger Federer in today’s final in Monte Carlo.