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They have met on eight occasions in a Grand Slam final where again the Spaniard holds a lead over the Swiss ace. The two have turned back the clock and played some of their best tennis to make it to the summit clash at the Australian Open. Meanwhile assuming he does achieve his goal this week, he will be the oldest number one since the ATP introduced a ranking system , eclipsing Andre Agassi. Roger Federer surprised the tennis world by choosing to play in Rotterdam this week. What to Read Next

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Floyd Mayweather reveals how close he is to agreement over Conor McGregor showdown. Federer has never beaten Nadal at the Australian Open in their three previous meetings with their final which the Spaniard won in five sets considered to be one of the if not the greatest match witnessed on Rod Laver Arena thus far. However, the speedy nature of the courts this year could favour the Swiss ace, despite his poor record in their overall clashes on hard courts.

Their last meeting in a Grand Slam final was at the French Open in when the Spaniard won in four sets. Despite them not having come up against each other at the highest stage they were never out of contention. Nadal was ranked number one in the world as recent as and Federer has made three Grand Slam finals and four semi-finals in the last three years. Both the players admitted that they never expected to find themselves facing each other on the final day of the Australian Open.

Federer described it as 'unreal' when it was out to him that he could face Nadal in the final, and the latter was simply thankful that they had another chance to compete at this level and perhaps script another epic that lasts long in the memory of all involved in the sport.

Roger Federer — in five sets. The pair have met 34 times in the past with Nadal holding a advantage over Federer. They have met on eight occasions in a Grand Slam final where again the Spaniard holds a lead over the Swiss ace. For all that we've seen great out of Nadal here in Melbourne, his service games are still an issue at times, and there's only so long that he can possibly go without beating the snot out of himself as he has at times in the twilight of his career.

Federer has picked up at least three breaks in all of his matches here in the Australian Open , and his return game at this stage of his career is still fantastic.

Sure, the history is against the Swiss man, but there isn't a player in the world who knows how to win Grand Slam events quite like Federer. We suspect that he's going to come up with one of the biggest matches in his career on Sunday night in Melbourne to snare his fifth Aussie Open title and his 10th Grand Slam championship on hard courts.

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Tennis Odds - Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal Match Preview. Two weeks after waltzing off with his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open we didn't think we'd see the Swiss maestro again in a hurry. Time at home with his family seemed to beckon. But Federer has worked out that by reaching the semi-finals in Rotterdam he can knock Rafa Nadal off his perch and return to number one in the world rankings for the first time since , and he's asked for - and not surprisingly been given - a late wild card.

Predictably he is now the [2. For a man who claims not to be bothered about records, it's a clear indication that the year-old knows exactly what bits of his sport's history books are up for rewriting, and which boxes he still has to tick.

He's been talking about whether he could make it to to have another crack at the Olympics, the one significant prize he's never collected. Meanwhile assuming he does achieve his goal this week, he will be the oldest number one since the ATP introduced a ranking system , eclipsing Andre Agassi.

Then there's the next real target of a ninth Wimbledon title and playing more tennis now then skipping the clay court season as he did last year is clearly an option.

So the plan is work now and then a down time while everybody else - and especially Nadal - are grinding their knees into the dust of the red clay in Monte Carlo, Rome and Paris. Perfect to arrive in fresh shape for the grass court season so no wonder he has been installed as [3. When Federer chooses to play these days, he gives it everything.






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