Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer
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historic tennis matches of all time between Roger Federer vs Rafael Live and the days of the ‘Fedal’ Grand Slam final were thought to be long gone, as age and injuries caught up with the two gladiators, but they have rolled back the years in style over the last fortnight to set up a tantalising reunion in Melbourne. This was not supposed to happen. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic had a strangle-hold on the sport. Federer had not won a major since 2012, and had not played competitive tennis for six months heading into the 2017 Australian Open.
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Tennis Final
Australian Open Tennis Final 2017
Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
Time:14:30 PM ET
At 35, Swiss Roger Federer is the oldest men’s grand slam finalist since Ken Rosewall lost the U.S. Open final in 1974 at the age of 39. Rafael Nadal might be five years younger but has been on tour since his late teens and the effort required for his attritional playing style puts tremendous strain on his body. Catch live tennis score of Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal here. (LIVE STREAMING)
And while Roger Federer has been able to rest up after his three-hour semi-final victory over Stan Wawrinka on Thursday, Rafael Nadal must recuperate as best he can after his epic five-hour victory over Grigor Dimitrov at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Friday.
“That’s what I’m going to try,” the 14-times grand slam champion said. “I did it in 2009. I am seven, eight years older.”
Yes, Federer and Nadal were helped by the shock early exits of world number one, Andy Murray and six-time Melbourne champion, Novak Djokovic, as both halves of the draw cracked open, but that takes absolutely nothing away from the achievements of these two legends. They have played some exhilarating tennis against the best players in the world; they have fought with spirit, body and soul- like only they can do.
Federer made an uncertain start to the tournament, showing early signs of rust as he needed four sets to see off fellow veteran, Jurgen Melzer. He wasn’t much better against American qualifier, Noah Rubin in the second round, although a straight sets victory suggested otherwise. The sight of top-ten opposition sparked the great man to life. There were genuine fears over how he would fare against the big-hitting Tomas Berdych, but Federer dispelled those worries with an absolute master-class, shredding apart the big Czech in a vintage display of effortless power and style.
All of that point to a Nadal victory on Sunday. The Spaniard’s game plan against Federer is pretty basic- serve into the backhand, fire heavy topspin forehands into the backhand until the Swiss obliges with an error or feeds Nadal with an easy put away. Both men are playing well, with Nadal arguably playing the better tennis at the moment. The one thing that may work in Federer’s favour is a fatigued opponent, given that he’s had an extra day to rest and recover from his semi-final exertions.
Federer has struggled to find solutions to the Nadal conundrum over the years, and there is very little reason to believe he will do it on Sunday.