Australian Open Finals Federer vs Nadal
The men’s final of the 2017 Austalian Open, Who is playing in it? Old friends / rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal (REPLAY VIDEO) Finals Australian Open 2017
“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 tehna bout 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.
Federer bestrode the Centre Court like a colossus, wearing his personalised cardigan having worn a monogrammed white blazer the year before at a venue where he had one five straight titles. Nadal entered in his three-quarter length shorts vests, looking like a pirate ravenously searching for booty.
Everything had come down to this – Nadal had inflicted four straight defeats on Federer at the French Open but this was Wimbledon, this was Federer’s territory. What ensued was the single greatest match in the history of the sport, with Nadal eventually triumphing in five sets at 9.15pm local time after 4 hours and 48 minutes of play as the two titans of the sport finished the match in almost darkness.