Nadal To Roll Back The Years And Beat Federer In The Australian Open Final

Tennis fans will be transported back in time on Sunday morning as two legends of the game, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, will compete in the Australian Open final on the Rod Laver Arena...

  • Rafa Nadal has a 23-11 winning record in head-to-head meetings with Roger Federer
  • Nadal has won 6 of 8 Grand Slam finals against Federer
  • Federer has never beaten Nadal at the Australian Open, losing the 2009 final, 2012 semi-final and 2014 semi-final

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Rolling Back The Years

Many thought that the two would never meet again in the final of a Grand Slam but they have rolled back the years this month and what a wonderful story it has been for both of them, with Nadal the marginal favourite in Melbourne.

Much has been made of the fact that Nadal had to play a brutal and epic semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov on Friday but the Spaniard appears to be fully fit nowadays and his feats of stamina are legendary.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner is bidding to win the Australian Open for a second time following his success in 2009 and he can banish the memories of his 2012 and 2014 final defeats to an inspired Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka respectively by winning on Sunday (4/5 with Bet 365).
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3/4 8/11 4/5 4/5 8/11 3/4 8/11
11/10 11/10 1 1 6/5 6/5 11/10

Head-To-Head

Nadal has grown into this tournament and it bodes well that he has had the better of the clashes with Federer over the years, winning 23 of their 34 meetings. All of the statistics point to a Nadal win as he has won five of their last six encounters and we are siding with the Spaniard.

Federer (11/10 with B365) won the last of his Australian Open titles in 2010 and the 17-time major winner is bidding for a first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2012. The 35-year-old has lost his past three slam finals and even his rejuvenated recent form might not be enough to best Nadal.

The Swiss star needed five sets to beat Kei Nishikori and Wawrinka en route to this final and his victory in the last-four was only his fourth win over a top-ten player since 2015, with the other two coming against Tomas Berdych, who appears to be adverse to beating the very best in the world.

Nadal Holds The Aces

Federer has lost eight of his ten meetings with Nadal on outdoor hard courts and it is worth noting that he hasn't beaten the Spaniard in a major tournament since 2007 - a six-match losing streak.

Furthermore, Nadal has never lost to Federer in three meetings at the Australian Open (2009 final, 2012 semi-final, 2014 semi-final) and we are backing the 30-year-old to secure a 3-1 win (10/3 with Coral).
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Posted: Friday, 27th January 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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