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Previous Nadal v Federer clashes at French Open

A quick look at Rafael Nadal's domination of Roger Federer at Roland Garros.
Pictured: Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after winning their men's final at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

A quick look at Rafael Nadal's domination of Roger Federer at Roland Garros. Pictured: Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after winning their men's final at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros...more

A quick look at Rafael Nadal's domination of Roger Federer at Roland Garros. Pictured: Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after winning their men's final at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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2005 semi-final: 

Nadal wins 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 - 

Federer's first taste of facing Nadal on clay was a painful one as his forehand failed to fire in a tense encounter. Nadal was making his debut at Roland Garros but on his 19th birthday showed no respect to the top seed as he swept into the final against Argentina's Mariano Puerta.
Pictured:Top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand to fourth seed Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's semi-final match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 3, 2005. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

2005 semi-final: Nadal wins 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 - Federer's first taste of facing Nadal on clay was a painful one as his forehand failed to fire in a tense encounter. Nadal was making his debut at Roland Garros but on his 19th birthday showed no...more

2005 semi-final: Nadal wins 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 - Federer's first taste of facing Nadal on clay was a painful one as his forehand failed to fire in a tense encounter. Nadal was making his debut at Roland Garros but on his 19th birthday showed no respect to the top seed as he swept into the final against Argentina's Mariano Puerta. Pictured:Top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand to fourth seed Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's semi-final match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 3, 2005. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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2006 final: 

Nadal wins 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6(4) - 

Federer suffered his first defeat in a Grand Slam final as Nadal denied the Swiss becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four majors at the same time.

In sizzling heat Nadal was dreadful in the opening set but quickly recovered his rhythm to dominate the second. Federer wasted some break point chances early in the third before Nadal took complete control to retain the title.

Pictured: Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 11, 2006. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

2006 final: Nadal wins 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6(4) - Federer suffered his first defeat in a Grand Slam final as Nadal denied the Swiss becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four majors at the same time. In sizzling heat Nadal was...more

2006 final: Nadal wins 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6(4) - Federer suffered his first defeat in a Grand Slam final as Nadal denied the Swiss becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four majors at the same time. In sizzling heat Nadal was dreadful in the opening set but quickly recovered his rhythm to dominate the second. Federer wasted some break point chances early in the third before Nadal took complete control to retain the title. Pictured: Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 11, 2006. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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2007 final:

Nadal wins 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4 - 

Again Federer arrived in the final looking to emulate Laver, but again Nadal stopped him in his tracks.

A few weeks earlier Federer had beaten Nadal for the first time on clay, in Hamburg, but the Swiss once again failed to sustain his level long enough to seriously threaten to win.

While Federer was regarded as the world's best player, defeat was his eighth in 12 matches against the Spaniard.
Pictured: Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's finals of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 10, 2007. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

2007 final: Nadal wins 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4 - Again Federer arrived in the final looking to emulate Laver, but again Nadal stopped him in his tracks. A few weeks earlier Federer had beaten Nadal for the first time on clay, in Hamburg, but the Swiss...more

2007 final: Nadal wins 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4 - Again Federer arrived in the final looking to emulate Laver, but again Nadal stopped him in his tracks. A few weeks earlier Federer had beaten Nadal for the first time on clay, in Hamburg, but the Swiss once again failed to sustain his level long enough to seriously threaten to win. While Federer was regarded as the world's best player, defeat was his eighth in 12 matches against the Spaniard. Pictured: Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's finals of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 10, 2007. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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2008 final:

Nadal wins 6-1 6-3 6-0 - 

An awe-inspiring display by Nadal left Federer flattened into the Parisian dirt. The relentless Spaniard tore Federer's game apart to win in one hour 48 minutes in front of a stunned Philippe Chatrier crowd.

Nadal even appeared to sympathise with his great rival, apologising at the end of the match after handing out one of Federer's worst ever beatings.

Federer managed only one more game than Brian Gottfried against Guillermo Vilas in 1977, the shortest men's final in terms of games in French Open history. 
Pictured: Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men final at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 8, 2008. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

2008 final: Nadal wins 6-1 6-3 6-0 - An awe-inspiring display by Nadal left Federer flattened into the Parisian dirt. The relentless Spaniard tore Federer's game apart to win in one hour 48 minutes in front of a stunned Philippe Chatrier...more

2008 final: Nadal wins 6-1 6-3 6-0 - An awe-inspiring display by Nadal left Federer flattened into the Parisian dirt. The relentless Spaniard tore Federer's game apart to win in one hour 48 minutes in front of a stunned Philippe Chatrier crowd. Nadal even appeared to sympathise with his great rival, apologising at the end of the match after handing out one of Federer's worst ever beatings. Federer managed only one more game than Brian Gottfried against Guillermo Vilas in 1977, the shortest men's final in terms of games in French Open history. Pictured: Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men final at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 8, 2008. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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2011 final:

Nadal wins 7-5 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1 - 

At the age of 25 Nadal claimed his sixth French Open title to equal the record of Swedish great Bjorn Borg.

Federer had ended Novak Djokovic's 41-match unbeaten streak in the semi-final and had looked back to his very best but once again Nadal proved a hurdle too far.

He led 5-2 in the first set but Nadal won seven successive games to seize control and although Federer dug deep to win the third set and had Nadal down 0-40 in the first game of the fourth he was eventually overpowered.
Pictured: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's final at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

2011 final: Nadal wins 7-5 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1 - At the age of 25 Nadal claimed his sixth French Open title to equal the record of Swedish great Bjorn Borg. Federer had ended Novak Djokovic's 41-match unbeaten streak in the semi-final and had looked...more

2011 final: Nadal wins 7-5 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1 - At the age of 25 Nadal claimed his sixth French Open title to equal the record of Swedish great Bjorn Borg. Federer had ended Novak Djokovic's 41-match unbeaten streak in the semi-final and had looked back to his very best but once again Nadal proved a hurdle too far. He led 5-2 in the first set but Nadal won seven successive games to seize control and although Federer dug deep to win the third set and had Nadal down 0-40 in the first game of the fourth he was eventually overpowered. Pictured: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's final at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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