Federer in need of a monumental effort versus Nadal

It didn't come easy but Roger Federer passed the Gael Monfils test, advancing to the French Open final. And like the last two years, when he has failed to capture the elusive French Open title, Federer will be staring history -- and Nadal -- square in the eyes.

Updated: June 8, 2008, 2:45 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Forgive the good folks at Roland Garros if you've seen this one before. The French Tennis Federation is just doing its job, trying to bring you the world's finest clay-court championship final.

For the third consecutive year, that just happens to be Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal.

On Friday, Federer eliminated flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 after Nadal scorched Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the first semifinal. And ...

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