The dream throwback final is on at the Australian Open.
Nadal holds a 23-11 edge over Federer, including 9-2 in Grand Slams and 6-2 in Grand Slam finals. The Spaniard also leads 8-2 on outdoor hardcourts. Federer has never beaten Nadal at any Major other than Wimbledon, where he’s 2-1 against the Spaniard. In all other Grand Slams, Federer is 0-8 against his rival, including 0-3 at the Australian. (They have never met at the US Open). This is their first meeting in a Grand Slam final since Nadal prevailed in four sets in the 2011 Roland Garros final. Federer will enter the final with an extra day’s rest because his semifinal was played on Thursday, no small thing for a 35-year-old who took a medical timeout in that match for a leg problem. Still, the Spaniard will enter this final as a favorite in what could arguably be called the most significant match in Grand Slam history. the Sunday Morning Herald. “If you think about the historical significance of what that match would look like, one at 14 slams, one at 17 slams, Rafa wins, it’s 15-17, and the French Open is around the corner, it’s back on. It’s literally game on for the most slams ever. If Roger wins, it’s 18-14. I don’t know that that divide gets made up. “If that happens, it has to be the most important match in Australian Open history and possibly grand slam history.” So here we go, with the sports world watching. Federer vs. Nadal for a 35th time. With the weight of tennis history on the line. And like ZAGS on Facebook
#Nadal: "I never dreamed to be back in a final… but here I am, I feel very lucky."We feel pretty lucky too, @RafaelNadal. #ausopen pic.twitter.com/dJFrPdZAWg — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2017