Meeting for a initial time during a Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Federer entered a compare fervent to revenge new final waste to Nadal in Dubai and Monte-Carlo. But a Spaniard was penetrating to keep a hold on his title, that he won in a thespian fifth-set tie-break opposite Guillermo Coria in 2005. On 14 Apr 2006, Nadal successfully navigated another winner-takes-all tie-break to keep his climax after 5 hours and 5 minutes, defeating Federer 6-7(0), 7-6(5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5).
Bidding to lift his initial pretension in a Italian capital, Federer commanded points with unchanging net approaches. The then-World No. 1 won some-more points than Nadal (179 to 174) via a contest, though it was a 19-year-old who came out on tip when it mattered most.
Holding dual championship points during 5-6, 15/40, in a final set, Federer unsuccessful to find a justice with dual forehands on Nadal’s serve. That valid crucial, with a Manacor local evading risk to strech a tie-break, where he claimed his fifth win in 6 FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings opposite a Swiss.
As a outcome of his five-set win, Nadal tied Guillermo Vilas’ Open Era record of 53 true compare wins on clay and softened his tour-level finals record to 16-2. Federer left a Italian collateral with a 39-3 record in 2006, with all 3 waste entrance opposite Nadal in ATP Tour championship matches.