Nadal v Gaudio in Blockbuster ATP Stuttgart Final


Posted on July 24, 2005

The ATP stop in Stuttgart set up its dream final Saturday when No. 1 seed and French Open champion Rafael Nadal (d. Nieminen) and No. 3 seed and former French champ Gaston Gaudio (d. (2) Davydenko, who retired in the second set with a stomach illness) advanced to the final.


"I'm happy with this victory and to be in the final and I will try to play my best tomorrow," said Nadal, eying the additional Mercedes that goes to the winner. "The car is a good motivation for me, but my main motivation is to win my next match."

The 19-year-old Nadal has won seven titles in 2005, one short of Roger Federer's eight, and has won 33 straight on clay, short of Ilie Nastase's 36, the fifth-highest streak behind Thomas Muster (38, 40), Bjorn Borg (46), and Guillermo Vilas (53).

Gaudio leads the career series with Nadal 3-1, though Nadal won their most recent meeting.

"It will be a very difficult match," Nadal said. "He is playing well, he won in Gstaad last week and he is in the final again here. I know it will be difficult and I have to play my best tennis to win. I think that Gaudio and I are amongst the best players in the world on clay so it will be a good match."

Nadal will also rise to a career-high No. 2 on Monday when the new ATP Rankings are released.

"It's a lovely situation to play against him -- and try and take his record away," Gaudio said.

The doubles final will be all-unseeded in Hood/Robredo (d. Nadal/Verdasco in the semis) versus Acasuso/Prieto (d. (WC) Beck/Rieschick).
Rankings
ATP - Apr 14 WTA - Apr 14
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Richard Gasquet9 Maria Sharapova
10 Milos Raonic10 Dominika Cibulkova
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