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Rafael Nadal won his third consecutive French Open championship in 2007. In the events leading up to the Grand Slam, Nadal had won tournaments in Barcelona, Monte Carlo and then in Rome. He did however lose to Federer in Hamburg, which marked the end of his record breaking 81-match winning streak on clay.
On his quest for a third French Open crown Nadal looked unstoppable. He swept aside Juan Martin Del Potro in the first round, cruised past Flavio Cippola and Albert Montanes in the second and third rounds respectively. In the fourth-round he met Australian Leyton Hewitt again and destroyed him in 3 sets. In the quarters, an emotional Nadal beat mentor Carlos Moya in three sparsely contested sets 6-4,6-3,6-0. The semifinal saw him battling World No.6 Novak Djokovic where he outplayed the Serb to clinch a straight sets victory.
The final saw Nadal locking horns with Federer for the second year in a row. Even though Federer was high on confidence after defeating Nadal at Hamburg, Nadal still managed to overcome the Swiss in four sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Majorcan's reputation on clay was taking on legendary status.
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