No Man's Land

Apr 14, 2007

Star Wars of the Court

From RafaelNadal.com...

Date for your diaries, on the 1st May in Palma Arena, Mallorca, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer - the two best players in the world - will face off in a unique exhibition match, the Star Wars.

This isn't just any exhibition match though, it's going to have a very special court laid to complement the King of Clay - Rafa, and the Grass Court Master - Roger Federer. On one side of the net will be a clay court, and on the other side of the net will be a grass court.

While both men dominate on their respective surfaces (Rafa has 62 consecutive clay court wins, and Federer has 48 consecutive grass court
victories) both perform very impressively on the other surface. It was a Federer-Nadal final at both the French Open and Wimbledon in 2006, so this is sure to be a great battle.

Before that though, Rafa will be competing in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, TMS Rome, and TMS Hamburg in preparation for the French Open which will be the week after the exhibition.

From TennisWeek.com...

Wimbledon winner Roger Federer and Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal can bring out the best in each other and next month the world's top two players will meet in a showdown staged on their best surfaces set on a single court. The grass-court ruler will face the clay-court king in an exhibition in Nadal's hometown of Mallorca on May 1 with each man playing on his best surface simultaneously.

How?

The best-of-three-set exhibition promoted as "Star Wars" will not require any special effects.

Instead, a special hybrid tennis court will be created at the Palma Arena in Mallorca. The right half of the court will consist of Nadal's familiar red clay, while the left side of the court will feature Federer's favored grass.

It appears each man will play the opening set on his best surface before they switch sides for the second set.

Two-time reigning Roland Garros champion Nadal owns a 6-3 record against Federer, including a 4-0 mark on clay courts. The pair have split their four hard-court clashes.

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