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Spain celebrates Nadal's triumph in Australian Spectacle

2009-02-02 00:15:41 GMT2009-02-02 08:15:41 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Fans from Spain cheer for Rafael Nadal before the men's singles final between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland at Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Feb. 1, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhou Lei)

MADRID, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Spain applauded on Sunday for the triumph of Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer in the Australian Open, which is the first time Spaniard winning this tournament.

"With this victory Nadal became the best Spaniard sportsman in the history," the Spanish press outstood on Sunday after the end of the tourney.

Nadal, current world number one of tennis, defeated his eternal rival Roger Federer in five sets 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 in 4 hours and 23 minutes in a high-quality match with excellent performance and great excitement.

At the end of the match with tears, Federer said: "Nadal is killing me." When receiving the trophy, Nadal said: "Federer, a phenomenon around the arena."

"The adjectives on Nadal's victory are never enough, but the reality is that he has already been considered by the experts of the Spanish sports as the greatest competitor in Spain's history," Spanish press said.

"Federer used to be the favorite of the tournament, however, Nadal never showed weakness and his performance was perfect when beating Federer, who was also one of the best players of world tennis," it read.

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