Finally the most awaited match of the sport is here and 2017 can’t get better specially in these uncertain times. No one has even imagined that both players are coming back from off long layoffs because of injuries will reach this far and both have fallen in the rankings. Nadal is seeded ninth in Melbourne, and Federer 17th.
The rivalry we enjoyed the most will meet again in a grand slam finals after more than five years. The two men have not played in a Grand Slam final since the 2011 French Open.
Nadal and Federer have met 34 times since 2004 with Nadal leading record 23-11 against Federer including a 3-0 record at the Australian Open, where they last met in the 2014 semifinals.
Federer has been beaten at Rod Laver by Nadal in an Australian Open final and by Djokovic three times in the semifinals. Nadal lost to Djokovic in the 2012 final in a brutal test that lasted nearly six hours .
Nadal won a nearly five-hour five-set semifinal over Grigor Dimitrov on Friday, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 at Australian Open 2017.
On facing Federer Nadal said:
“First of all I hope to recover well, and then for me it’s a privilege and very special thing for both of us to be in a major final again and have the chance to compete against each other after both having difficult times. “Federer came to the opening of my academy in Mallorca and I want to think him for coming and providing that amazing moment. We were talking about playing an exhibition match but he had a knee injury and I had the wrist so we just played a few shots together with the kids. “So we feel very happy, and I hope you are happy too”
Federer defeated his swiss fellow Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the finals of Austrlian Open and at the age of 35, becomes the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since 39-year-old Ken Rosewall at the 1974 US Open.
On Facing Nadal Federer said :
It’s real now. I can actually talking about playing a finals for the first time. I’ve been dodging that bullet for the last couple of days. But this is the last one. I’ll leave it all out here in Australia and if I can’t walk for another five months, that’s ok. Rafa is the biggest challenge. This court allows me to be offensive. I’m probably his number one fan. We’ve had some epic battles over the years. It would be unreal to play here.”I don’t think both of us though we were going to be here potentially playing in the final because I went to open his academy in Mallorca with him a few months back and I told him ‘I wish we could do a charity match or something’, but I was on one leg and he had the wrist injury and we were playing some mini tennis with some juniors and we were like ‘it’s the best we can do right now’. A few months later, we are maybe going to be in the finals. It’s a very special tournament for us already.”
Here are the eight Grand Slam finals matches which made this rivalry the greatest in tennis history:
o 2006 French Open: Nadal in Four Sets
o 2006 Wimbledon: Federer in Four Sets
o 2007 French Open: Nadal in Four Sets
o 2007 Wimbledon: Federer in Five Sets
o 2008 French Open: Nadal in Three Sets
o 2008 Wimbledon: Nadal in Five Sets
o 2009 Australian Open: Nadal in Five Sets
o 2011 French Open: Nadal in Four Sets