2017 Australian Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal
by Staff | January 28th, 2017, 5:52 pm
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One of the greatest rivalries in tennis resumes tonight Down Under as Roger Federer takes on Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2017 Australian Open final.

Despite their accomplishments, both were thought of as longshots to reach this stage. Federer was coming off a 6 month hiatus from a knee injury. Nadal also prematurely ended his 2016 season a few weeks early due to a left wrist.

Both though are playing well. Federer has three Top 10 wins beating Tomas Berdych and then five setters over Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka.

Nadal also had to go the distance in the last round besting Grigor Dimitrov and earlier in a win over Alexander Zverev.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Rafael Nadal leads 23-11
All matches: Nadal, 23–11
All finals: Nadal, 14–7
Grand Slam matches: Nadal, 9–2
Australian Open: Nadal, 3–0
French Open: Nadal, 5–0
Wimbledon: Federer, 2–1
ATP Masters Series/ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches: Nadal, 12–4
ATP Masters Series/ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals: Nadal, 7–3
Best of five set matches: Nadal, 11–3
Five-set matches: Nadal, 3–2
Winning the match after losing 1st set: Nadal, 6–2
Best of three set matches: Nadal, 12–8
Outdoor courts: Nadal, 22–6
Indoor courts: Federer, 5–1
Tie-breaks: Nadal, 11–10
Clay courts: Nadal, 13–2
Hard courts: Nadal, 9–7
Outdoor Hard: Nadal, 8–2
Indoor: Federer, 5–1
Grass courts: Federer, 2–1

The winner of today’s match will set the record for the longest wait between Australian Open titles in the Open Era. Nadal is bidding to end an 8-year wait for the Australian Open crown and win here for the for the first time since 2009, while Federer is looking to end a 7-year wait and win here for the first time since 2010. The longest gap between winning Australian Open titles in the Open Era is 5 years – Boris Becker (1991 and 1996) and Andre Agassi (1995 and 2000). The longest gap between winning a Grand Slam title in the Open Era at the same event is 8 years – Jimmy Connors won Wimbledon in 1974 and again in 1982.

This is Nadal and Federer’s 12th Grand Slam encounter, putting them in 3rd place for the most matches played at the majors in the Open Era.

This is the 9th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which extends their lead for the most match-ups in a Grand Slam final in the Open Era.

Nadal has won 6 of their previous 8 Grand Slam final meetings – including here in 2009, when he won in 5 sets to win his only title at the Australian Open.

This is the 35th meeting between Federer and Nadal. This is the joint 6th-most matches played in a head-to-head at Tour-level in the Open Era.

Federer ended a 5-match losing streak against Nadal in their most recent meeting, the final at 2015 Basel. Last year was the first year since the pair’s first meeting in 2004 that they have not contested at least one match.

Nadal is on a 6-match winning streak against Federer at the Grand Slams, having not lost to the Swiss at a major since falling in 5 sets in the final at 2007 Wimbledon. Federer has won just two of their 11 previous meetings at the Grand Slams.

Of the pair’s 34 previous meetings, 21 have been finals. Nadal leads the head-to-head in finals 14-7.

Nadal leads the hard court head-to-head 9-7, and has won all 3 of their meetings at the Australian Open. As well defeating Federer in the final here in 2009, he also won their semifinal encounters in 2012 and 2014.

Nadal is one of just 3 active players who have had more than one career meeting with Federer to hold a winning head-to-head – the others are Djokovic (23-22) and Dominic Thiem (2-1).

Federer has a losing head-to-head against just 4 players at the Grand Slams where multiple matches have been played – Nadal, Alex Corretja (0-2), Arnaud Clement (1-2) and Djokovic (6-9).

Federer is aiming to win his 18th Grand Slam singles title and extend his all-time record for the most Grand Slams won. Nadal is bidding to win his 15th major title and claim sole ownership of 2nd place on the all-time list.

SUNDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
ROD LAVER ARENA
4:00 PM
Mixed Doubles – Final
Abigail Spears (USA)/Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) vs. Sania Mirza (IND) [2]/Ivan Dodig (CRO) [2]
Not Before: 7:30 PM
Men’s Singles – Final
Roger Federer (SUI) [17] vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [9]

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Roger Federer 11/10
Rafael Nadal 4/5

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245 Comments for 2017 Australian Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal

el_matador Says:

ah..another fedal gs final..never thought we would have one more of this ever again,let alone in this ao.
I think this is the most important match in open era..it almost feels like the ultimate final for GOAT crown.
I want fed to win in an epic by slightest of margin after which rafa fans will feel “fed got lucky”.then rafa gets his annual roland garros trophy and the GOAT debate is on again!hope they will decide to settle the debate forever(which will never happen btw) in a wimbledon final!
long live fedal!long live GOAT debate!


el_matador Says:

and this is a historic match for tennis-x too..will it be back to being roger-x or rafa-x?best of wishes to skeeze and giles,commander in chief for fed-x and rafa-x!
so much at stake!


Chrisford1 Says:

My pick is Rafa. But before the tournament started my picks, in order – were Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, Raonic – so what do I know???
That is why they call it sport. Almost nothing is certain.


Daniel Says:

Game on. 30-30 Nadal with a lucky net cord winner. 2-1 Nadal in ten minutes. Quick so far


Daniel Says:

Fed’s 47% first serves so far (at 3-3), 7 out of 15 but won all points on it. He has to increase that. Nadal still didn’t got the timing on the return.


Daniel Says:

Wow, defense and sudenly swing volley. 15-50 double BP.


Daniel Says:

Difference from Dimi, points way more fasten and Fed was at the baseline taking everything in the rise.
Glab he got to play the first BP at deuce side because he already got the time on that reutn side (the open court left serve that he is missing still).

Let’s see if he inproves his first serve and hold. 4-3 serving.


Daniel Says:

4 first serves in to love. 5-3.


Daniel Says:

Wrong side and passing shot, 0-15 than ance 15-15


kjb Says:

2 to go!


Daniel Says:

Fed is agreesive with BH’s today. Doesn’t want to stay on that corner, first chance and he either opnes courr and step in DTL. Close first set 6-4 losing only 4 pointa on serve in 34 min. Flawless set!

Hope he kees it up


Daniel Says:

2 FH’s DTL missed in this game, could be BP already


Daniel Says:

Wrong side again. BP but saved with a great serve


Daniel Says:

Whats wrong with Fed’s FH this set, more than 5 errors in three games?!?


Daniel Says:

His FH went awol this set. Out of nowhere, misismg every shot. Risk geeting bageled if it keeps loke this. He can’t play without it.

4-0
Almost missed a nother, 0-15


Miles Says:

Federer’s FH has gone AWOL in the 2nd set. He needs to refocus fast.


Daniel Says:

Broke back! He’s gaving chances in Nadal’s serve, attacking return inside court. But h has to clean his act and FH and hold his serve. Made 7 errors in first set and 10 already in second.

Mini mental slump. Have to hold now because was broke last two times. Stop the bleeding.


Daniel Says:

To love. 1-1.
Was too much to dream Fed could play like first set whole match.

Third set is crucial now. Positive for Fed is he broke Nadal in both sets (even had 2 BP’s to broke back after 0-2 early second set. But he can’t aford another slump to lose 4 games loke that.

Serve first and keeping doing what he was doing.


Daniel Says:

40-0 and now deuce. C’mon Fed


madmax Says:

Daniel,

There you are !

We were on the other thread!

Now, am spoilt for choice!


FedExpress Says:

come on fed


madmax Says:

Hey FedEx! :-)

Come on now!

Federer has the moves, has the shots – breathtaking and awesome. And I believe he does believe too!


FedExpress Says:

break come on fed

hold now hold now


Daniel Says:

Yay, support in here!! ;-)

Game to love, 3-0. Keep this level for 15 more games and he takes this.


FedExpress Says:

oh yes baby. he has ONLY to hold.

come on its your set now.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a BH winner!! 15-30


Daniel Says:

Swing volley and double BP. Nice as he lays first break pint on deuce side, NAdal’s weaker serve. Time for a double break


jatin Says:

Break point chances gone


Daniel Says:

Ace Nadal to save BP, what a time…


FedExpress Says:

shit
i feel this game will be huge


jatin Says:

Fed is playing super agreesive.. Just keep up the pace fed


FedExpress Says:

hope this missed chances dont backfire. i have alawys the strange feeling


Daniel Says:

Return winner. deuce again. Tense game. Nadal knows if he loses it, the set is gone.


jatin Says:

BLISTERING return from fed


J.S. Says:

FED is on Fire!!! Rafa just won’t give up


FedExpress Says:

Daniel,

Fed will feel it also if he doesnt wion this game in his next service game. happens so often. you dont take your oppurtunities you get punished for it


Daniel Says:

Wow, BH winner from Nadal, huge aceleration.


jatin Says:

Amazing backhand by rafa


J.S. Says:

YES YES YES Rafa saves 3 break points….Now Roger holds his serve?

What a MATCH – To bad it has to END, What amazing TENNIS FROM THESE TWO!


Daniel Says:

His served improved this set FedEx, as long as e keeps it flowing he calms himself.


FedExpress Says:

but he can also implode. rafa will be fired up now. he seizes such situations.

nice hold would be nice. fed invested so much in the return game


jatin Says:

Fed great hold


Daniel Says:

Held to love, now go on and keeps pressure Nadal’s serve


FedExpress Says:

good. 2 games. break him again and i can breathe again


Daniel Says:

Fed’s FH on the run are working, at least he soled the FH timing.


Daniel Says:

30-30, pressure on Nadal’s serve again.


Daniel Says:

Nice BH to open court, another BP. Time for insurance break


FedExpress Says:

please Fed, please.


jatin Says:

FED IN GOD MODE


kjb Says:

WOW! Lets gooooooo!


Daniel Says:

Yes. Fast court rewards this game. He is inside the court to return and spaying off. 5-1 serve to close third.


FedExpress Says:

man. fed is the best athlete ever.


Daniel Says:

Wow, confidence to stop play and ball was indeed out by small margin. 15-15


FedExpress Says:

no heroics fed. just serve it out.


Daniel Says:

30-30, time t serve Fed, take some pop and angle it to surprise


FedExpress Says:

this is tense. though he leads 5-1

fed is aware of the oppurtunity. long he hadnt one 2-1 sets lead vs rafa or in a GS final


Daniel Says:

Wow, what an inside out winner form behind the baseline, saved BP. first serves in now


FedExpress Says:

5-1 and i am tensed .lol. this is what rafa can do.


Daniel Says:

Another BP. C’mob, serve not working this game. Need free points,


Daniel Says:

Yes, 2 good serves back to back, set point


FedExpress Says:

oh man why so tensed


jatin Says:

PERFECT play to end the set.. WOW Rog


madmax Says:

Come on Fed!

Come on!


FedExpress Says:

incredible. though he led 5-1 that was clutch from fed. total clutch

no matter what, sean got his prediction wrong, again.


jatin Says:

Fed has to end it here and in this set now… Cant afford to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity… GO fed GO fed GO fed GO


madmax Says:

Just WOW! Just WOW! FED, Just Wooowwwwwwwwwwwwww!

This is an awesome match. Just Awesome!

I am out of breath!


Willow Says:

2 Sets to Federer, time will tell if Rafa can make a comeback, Federer looks very good out there ….


Daniel Says:

YESSSSS

2-1, 1 more to go. No more five sets this tourney. Keep tis going and pressure Nadal’s serve gain. He had BP’s in all last 3 Nada’s service games, broke 1 and 3.

Don’t let what happen after first set occur again. Keep the focus and momentum. He can do it. This is fast court and rewards his attacking game. Basically he is control of the match. Nadal only made that 4-0 because his FH went awol for a while and even so he was able t have BP in that spam and got one of the breaks back. Match is his to take.


madmax Says:

FedEx,

Concentrate on the Fed fans and ignore Sean. He doesn’t know the meaning of Debate.

This is fine tennis. At his peak.


J.S. Says:

I don’t know if Rafa can come back now?
UGH!!!


Margot Says:

Gotta say, Fed looking amazing. Can Rafa come back? We all know he’ll fight till the last ball.


FedExpress Says:

stay focused and take your opputunities fed.


Daniel Says:

30-30, pressure again.


Daniel Says:

Hold Nadal. Now go on and hold, first service game is important to send the message.


J.S. Says:

OMG thank goodness he held his serve!!!
Come on RAFA!!! Get back in this, PLEASE!


madmax Says:

Federer. Indomitable spirt. Clutch belief and mental strength.

Continue with this amazing passion in your shots and keep going for the goal.


Daniel Says:

Second set return at the net gift from Rafa


Daniel Says:

Easy hold, taking everything on the raisin


FedExpress Says:

cant take another 5 setter tbh. fed somehow has to win this set.


squirrel Says:

Aller Roger! Break Nadal. Nadal is not letting though..


FedExpress Says:

yeah nadal will play like it is his last set of his life. that passion and will. gosh.


squirrel Says:

Winner Fed-Nadal 42-17?? Crazy stats!

I predict this set will go on a tiebreaker.


FedExpress Says:

nadal serving better in this set i feel. What do you think daniel?


Willow Says:

Come on Rafa, raise your level, force a fifth set ….


jatin Says:

Fed just keep on holding man…. Just keep the intensity


Daniel Says:

Dmm it, 0-40. Now is time to serve.


Daniel Says:

oh man, this AO smells drama all over it. Early break Nadal. Whoever broke first got the set.

Fed is now chasing.


FedExpress Says:

shitttttttttttttt


Daniel Says:

Yeah FedEx, Nadal serving better, but Fed also got the timing n return, hardly giving free points


Daniel Says:

Fed going for too much, without patience this game. all points played and he making a bunch of errors


FedExpress Says:

set seems already gone.

fed has to refocus again. tough to do. one set brilliant. other not so.another set breathtaking. next set chasing again.


Daniel Says:

40-40, now is the time, painting the lines.


FedExpress Says:

this will be so tough to take IF it happens.


Daniel Says:

WOW, what a shot from Nadal. I thought it was winner Federer. Amazing


jatin Says:

STANDING OVATION for rafa’s awesome shot.. what was that


J.S. Says:

OMG OMG HOW DID HE DO THAT???
AMAZING!!!!!!

I wish they would BOTTLE Rafa’s sweat!!!!!

This is going 5 Tennis Fans! :) EPIC


kriket Says:

I don’t remember ever seeing Fed talking to himself between points like he did just now.


FedExpress Says:

this game is all about momentum and nadal is having plenty of it


RZ Says:

Just woke up (3am here). Looks like Fed is nervous. Shanks and easy errors this game.


FedExpress Says:

i am off here. will come back when its finished.


jatin Says:

Atleast fed has 2 more rafa’s game to try to get the break back.. Comon


Daniel Says:

No hold and make Nadal serve for the set. At least serve first fifth


jatin Says:

Same here fedexpress. Very difficult to type right now


Daniel Says:

Just don’t hope for a repeat of 2009, with Nadal winning back to back semis and finals in five set in Australia. Fed can still do it.

Hold now


Daniel Says:

Open curt and he send a sitter out, 30-30. Ace now, as last game


Daniel Says:

Wouldn’t it be nice for Fed to get a comeback over Nadal?! Pressure on Nadal now to serve the set and force a fifth. C’mob Fed, no easy misses and make him play the points.


Humble Rafa Says:

People act surprised. They must have been living in a cave for the last 15 years. I own him, just accept it.

Don’t think that crying on an internet forum is manly but pointing out the obvious is absurd.


Markus Says:

Federer is starting to fade. Nadal really has his number. Still great performance for this Australian Open for him. Happy for both of them. Really the two best ever, does not matter who you want to put first but nobody better than these two in the history of tennis. And look at the crowd! The two most beloved also.


RZ Says:

You know what Federer’s shirt reminds me of? The A-Ha “Take On Me” music video.


J.S. Says:

WE ARE GOING 5 – Record Breaking crowd so lucky for the FANS!


J.S. Says:

MARKUS – DITTO!!


Margot Says:

2 sets each. Off we go! Hold onto your hats folks!


madmax Says:

Come on Fed!

This is awesome!

Just do it!

Awesome tension, match. Have to breath now.


J.S. Says:

Federer has a MEDICAL TIME OUT!! UH OH! But he did it against Wawrinka too and it benefited him. :)

Wonder whats going on….Mind Games?? LOL


kriket Says:

How about that, Fed takes an MTO off court. Is it gamesmanship or what? :)


madmax Says:

Hold onto your balls, I think!


madmax Says:

kriket,

Enough of that please.


J-Kath Says:

@ J.S.

“I wish they would BOTTLE Rafa’s sweat!!!!!”

Wow! Grin!


Humble Rafa Says:

MTO is silly. He couldn’t take it anymore. We all have minor injuries but this is mental. Mental midget that is.


madmax Says:

We know about the adductor injury – we know – and I for one, want him to be the best he can in this fifth set.

So come on!


madmax Says:

Is this what we all wished for?

Another 5 setter?

You bet!

Now come on Federer.

Who said he was fading? So full of crap. He is fighter and he will fight until the end.


Humble Rafa Says:

So much for MTO..here it comes baby.


Markus Says:

Federer is fading. Accept it because that is what it looks like. Nadal is getting more confident.


J.S. Says:

RAFA BREAKS – Woooohoooo!

Roger looks like he is fine, no injury! Thank goodness!

Wish this would last forever!


RZ Says:

Roger looked to be playing that game with purpose but still lost. I suspect this is over.


kriket Says:

madmax, I was only saying that because, had it been Đoković taking an MTO even with an obvious injury, the forum would be all over him calling him out for gamesmanship and whatnot.
But Federer does it and it’s A-OK. :)


kriket Says:

I personally have no problem with anyone taking an MTO, it’s within the rules.


J.S. Says:

Rafa just saved 3 break points…he is playing on FIRE!!
WOWZERS!


Humble Rafa Says:

In life, if you accept the outcomes, you will be happy. I am happy to be a goat and goat owner.


Markus Says:

Wise words by Humble Rafa. I have come to accept that Nadal has Federer’s number. It does look like this is the expected outcome so it is not a big surprise.


Markus Says:

At least, it is 5 sets and not a love final set.


squirrel Says:

Fed failed to break..can he do it? Hopes are fading..


squirrel Says:

Fed’s having easier times to hold serve but I suspect Nadal’s not letting him break..


Daniel Says:

2 times he had BP’s on Nadal’s serve, keep the pressure. And he is holding his serves easy now.


squirrel Says:

Wowza, what a backhand!


squirrel Says:

0-30..keep the pressure maestro!


Daniel Says:

Third straight game with BP, c’mob!!


squirrel Says:

Finallt a break! Can Fed run away with the match? Keep the momentum? Hope so!


Daniel Says:

Yeas, justice being made. Fed actually is better this set apart from that first game. He is in all Nadal’s game and served get last two. Let’s see if he hold easy again after this break


Daniel Says:

4-3.

Momentum with him now. Let’s see if he’ll keep pressuring Nadal’s game. Another break and could be over.
Amazing fighting spirit.


RZ Says:

I had assumed this was all over and had contemplated going back to bed. Guess I’m staying up a little longer!


Daniel Says:

Pressure time on Nadal.


Daniel Says:

Venom slice, 0-15


Daniel Says:

Fh DTL working, not missing anymore returns, 0-30


Daniel Says:

DF, I was asking for it. ;-) 0-40. Break point with a taste of set point, this is IT!


Daniel Says:

Another gone. C’mon Fed, one more chance. Do it!


Daniel Says:

Oh no! second serve return. Stiff arm. Not Dimi fifth set where he had BP and was broken later


RZ Says:

What a bad time to shank!


Daniel Says:

Point of the match this far and this important to win with a FH DTL winner. Spectacle!


kjb Says:

what a point!


kjb Says:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


squirrel Says:

Fed serving for the championship

Cant believe i get to write that sentence!!!

Awesome!!!


Willow Says:

Federer will serve for number 18, congrats, all over now, well done, fat ladies warming up her vocal cords ….


Daniel Says:

yes, ace, 15-30 3 more to go. C’mon. Huge angled serve now, open


Daniel Says:

Oh my, drama drama 15-40, time to serve


Daniel Says:

Saved with an ace and BP. 2 more points. Tense!!!


Daniel Says:

NOOOOOOO. He doesn’t deserve this.

2 more points.


kjb Says:

18 and counting!!!!Where did Humble Rafa go?!


squirrel Says:

Fed won..I cried..


squirrel Says:

Fed cried too..

Congrats Nadal to for a brilliant fight..


kriket Says:

Congrats to Fed and all his fans. He well deserved this victory, after years of being at the very top and being denied the title by one player, Đoković.

It is only fair that he wins another GS. Well done and congrats again!


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to the Arrogant One..he was better at the end, for sure.


Daniel Says:

What a dramatic ending!!!

18 GOAT
Greatest victory ever, a giant, three five set wins over three top 10 and beating his arch enemy with a comeback from1-3 to 6-3 in this set. In tears here.

Congrats my fellow Fed fans want hug you all now, madam, FedExpress, jatin, squirrel, jjb, Markus, Gordon and many others


Willow Says:

Congrats to Federer and fans on number 18, gutted for Nadal but richly deserved, congrats to all his fans, Jatin, Squirrel, Madmax etc etc ….


RZ Says:

OMG X 18!!!!
Fed overcame injury and his greatest rivals – Rafa and Father Time – to win. Wow.

Congrats to the Fed fans here.
Commiserations to Willow, AM, and other Rafa fans. I really thought your guy had this.


jatin Says:

I am crying right now……….. no words


squirrel Says:

Congrats jatin, madmax, Fedexpress and all the Fed fans around the world, our man did it!!

Commies to Willow, AndyMira, Okiegal and other Nadal fans..


Bob Lewis Says:

Congratulations to Roger and his fans. I’m happy for you all. Great effort from Rafa too. Two gladiators. What a match, well done.


Daniel Says:

He asked Mirka if he should retire and Mirka said NO, when you decided after last tears accident. He admitted it. Mika was right!

Amazing athlete. Can’t believe he has actually done it after 6 months out.


madmax Says:

Fantastic! So amazing! So incredible! So awesome!

FedEx! You see! Told you so!


squirrel Says:

Daniel congrats! Hug to u too!!


madmax Says:

Willow and the rest of the Rafa fans!

Thank you so much for all the glorious memories and I am so pleased that these two warriors were able to keep up on the edge of our seats!


Humble Rafa Says:

It’s your day today, I am going to look forward to the FO. Humble is back too.


Margot Says:

Millions and trillions of congrats to Fed and his fans. Amazing.
And millions and trillions of sad hugs for AM, Willow, Ok, all Rafa fans, even Giles.
Anyone posting on tenngrand please give my congrats to Haweye/Elina and please ask him/her to send winning lottery numbers over at one. Clarissa is ready and waiting.
Fab match and thanks to both players for that.


Daniel Says:

Now I am cheering Nadal for La Decima.


Markus Says:

OK, madmax, I am full of crap for my comments earlier…but I am so happy to be full of crap. 18!!! and this time against his arch nemesis.


kriket Says:

President of KIA motors Australia should really work on his english speaking skills. He sounds lame year after year lol


Miles Says:

Astounding! Nadal looked so solid at the start of the 5th – I couldn’t see a way back for Fed! What a player! I’m overcome!

Nadal is back – I never thought he would be. Must be favourite for RG!


Okiegal Says:

@Margot Thanks! It was a humdinger! I am proud of Rafa for getting to the finals I was not expecting that to happen. Congratulations to Mr. Federer and all of his adoring fans. He was awesome tonight! Going to bed and sleep it off ! LOL


Bob Lewis Says:

I thought the Kia guy was just fine. How well can you speak his language…?


Bob Lewis Says:

This is one of the very few sports where the runner-up sticks around to give a speech after defeat. That’s a tough thing to do. In other sports, they go into the locker room for privacy and reflection.


RZ Says:

BIG CONGRATS to Elina for correctly picking Fed as the winner (haven’t checked but I think she was the only one to do so) and becoming our bracket champion.

Commiserations to J.S. for coming in second in the bracket, but you retain the title for most enthusiastic bracket entrant.


Willow Says:

I Always thought Roger would get to 18, but after this performance i believe Rafa can also get to 15, wonder how Novak and Andy will bounce back ?, after Nadal losing early last year im so proud he made the final of another GS ….


Humble Rafa Says:

I feel good about my English when I have to speak after the Kia guy.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Just happened to wake up 3:30 west coast time. Checked my iPad for the score expecting it to be over but to my surprise the match is still going in a fifth set with naval having broken in the first game. A sinking feeling. I went downstairs to turn the tv on on and what ensued stretch my nerves to the breaking point. A couple of games where Federer had break points and did not convert. Deja vu all over again. But then he gets break points in another nadal service game and finally converts. Now we are even I thought let the best man win. And then Fed holds serve easily, goes up a 3 break puts in the ensuing game. But struggles to make the break. Some good plays by nadal but definitely Fed was feeling some nerves. Somehow ekes out the break. Serving for the match. An easy hold? Of course not. Down 2 break points. Manages to hold them off. Shaky though. Then finally gets the hold for the victory. Wow it’s 4:30 in the morning. My nerves are shredded.doubt I will get back to sleep.


Willow Says:

Thankyou Margot ;-)) ….


kjb Says:

Class act that Rafa. I wouldn’t bet against him at RG.


kriket Says:

I can’t speak his language at all, but I’m not leaving in his country being the CEO of a major corporation for years. Plus, English is relatively easy compared to Korean or whatever. Ok it might be easier for me than him, but still. He’s been living there for years, as a senior representative of a major sponsor. He’s been speaking in these occasions for years, still very little improvement.

Now off to hear Fed.


kriket Says:

*living in his coutry


Okiegal Says:

@Humble ^^^^ lol!


Okiegal Says:

@Humble ^^^^ lol!


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

I have to say Rafa looked great during his stay in Australia. Better than he has for a few years.his movement was crisp and his hitting was powerful and deep. If he stays healthy he should be a force for the rest of the year especially on clay. I think the speeded up courts benefited roger in this match. If the courts were gritty like they were back in 2009 I think it would have been Rafa hoisting the trophy.


kriket Says:

Last time they played here, Fed was reduced to tears after the match. Today he says he’d be happy to lose to Rafa, as well.

Goes to show how people change their outlook over time.


Daniel Says:

He emulates Sampras who won his last Slam as #17 seed. What an odd coincidence.

But Fed still active.
18 always sounded a better number and always was what many expert thought he would achieve back in mid 2000s. They were right.

What a start to the season, everything we know is turned upside down and the sense of unpredictability is huge.

Fed back at top 10, hope he can climb to top 5 again. See you at Wimbledon.

As for Nadal, still title less on HC for more than 3 years, and there is a reason to it. He was close, if these courts were like last year he probably would have won. But still will be hard for him to win o hard or grass again. They are back, that’s what matters now.


FedExpress Says:

i am dead


Van Persie Says:

Feel sorry for Rafa.

Congrats to Fed fans, especially to Berghain and Daniel.


Daniel Says:

Also, Fed is now the Hard Court GOAT beyond doubt with 10 Slams on Hard (5 AO and 5 USO), 10-13 in HC Slam Finals plus his 6 WTF. he has 5 or more in Slams in 3 Slams, this consistency and balance won’t ever be matched.

Djoko is second on HC with 8 Slams on Hard (6 AO out of 6, and 2-5 at USO), 8-13 in HC Slams plus 5 WTF titles. HE still has time to catch Fed, but for now it’s Fed.


kriket Says:

Have to say though that it’s a shame Rafa challenged that last point cos it killed that victory feeling momentum for Fed.

It was a desperate challenge.


jatin Says:

Congratulations to fellow Fed fans -> madmax, skeezer, fedexpress, daniel, squirrel and many more.. Our guy did it.
He just fought off his MENTAL block and his nemesis Rafael Nadal and made an amazing comeback in the 5th set, I was out of words the way he fought Rafa in the final set. His backhand were stan like, Full credit to IVAN who focus in his backhand completely, forced him to change the grip and play it much flatter. I have never seen him hitting such backhands better than this tournament EVER.
Its 18th …WOW….Long time coming.
Rafa played amazing as well, he is BACK and definitely the favorite for the French open. Commis Fellow rafa fans, willow, okie and all other.. But he is back and will definitely win his 15th for sure.

And thank you all for the great memories.. Daniel, FedExpress, Madmax, Willow and all others… This is my favorite place to come because of you guys who share as much passion as me for TENNIS and the players.

Enjoy the victor Roger FEDERER, You deserved it :)


Daniel Says:

What a run: Berdych, Kei, Stan and Nadal WOW, 3 out of these 4 in five sets. Did somebody ever won 3 five sets match in a Slam run? I know Guga Kurten in one of his RG won 2, but three, have to check


FedExpress Says:

the victory speech gave me some tears.

guys, i followed the speech. but he didnt say see you next year. something like see you then when i will come back


Berghain Says:

So happy!


Daniel Says:

This is great for sport. I know not every body has Fed’s game and can have his longevity, but many can ask themselves, Hei if he can do it at 35 old, that old thought that 32 and you are already too old in tennis will be gone.

Nadal, Djoko and Murray can play many more years to come.

This wince even re-energize Djoko and give him more purpose, to know that there is plenty more to come if he can motivate himself.

Happy for Dimi, Zevrev and seems top 10 will be shifting ranking a lot his year with everybody competing well, some tom stay and other to move up.


kriket Says:

FedExpress good catch there. I wonder if it was an omission or an omen of retirement.


Willow Says:

Jatin im a bit gutted, but im fine, was hoping for a win for Rafa, but some things are meant to be, i lead a great and happy life its all cool, Federer was the better player through the tournament no question, the man deserves the title, an amazing player no doubt, enjoy your mans victory ;-)) ….


Daniel Says:

Yah FedEx, I noticed that as well, very different than Nadal who said he will keep trying to get the trophy back. Fed said his family now loves Australia, I don’t know. Hard for him to keep motivated also after this. We don’t know how the relief effect will come.

But I can;t see him retiring before Wimbledon. To me, I aways sensed he will wants to play his last match there.


kriket Says:

He won’t retire this season for sure, barring an injury. The question is what about next season, for he didn’t say see you next year as he always does.


Daniel Says:

Thanks jatin, VP


kriket Says:

Or maybe he wants retire while he’s on top, who knows. I surely wouldn’t want him to retire.


jatin Says:

Willow, I can feel your pain. I felt the same when fed lost his last 3 vs Novak. But don’t worry, he is not going anywhere. He was very close to victory. Just imagine how he would be playing in Roland Garros with this form.

And thanks, will remember this match forever :)


jatin Says:

Daniel, kriket.
He won’t retire, he loves this game too much. I hope to see him play for atleast this year. We will know more about it soon .


Okiegal Says:

@jatin……Thanks! I was proud of Rafa that he was even there regarding injuries he’s had and the same for Roger. Two great champions fAced each other again. What a wonderful match….I was disappointed that Rafa let that break get away from him…but not to be this time. Looking forward to the next tournament!!!


FedExpress Says:

Tbh not the time to talk about retirment.

ITS TO CELEBRATE. I wont forget this forever. this memory will follow me to my grave. the sweetest and best GS victory for fed imo.

The way he did it. This is what tennis and Federer is all about.


Willow Says:

Jatin honestly im fine, its all cool, told ya i lead a great and happy life, tennis isnt the be all and end all for me lol, TBH i was delighted he made the final, never in my wildest dreams, did i expect that he would make the second week, never mind the final ;-) ….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Thanks Willow! What a match. This tournament build both legacies, but if I had to pick who will go on to do more from here on, I’d still say Rafa.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Humble, same to you- see you at Chartrier?


Willow Says:

Tennis Vagabond i have to say you guys are all making me cry, not because of Rafas loss, its because of all your nice comments, was the same in 2012 ….


AndyMira Says:

Err..i ve already gave my congrats to fed and his fans on another thread but don’t know u guys see it or not…so,here it is once again…Congrats ROG and ALL HIS LOYAL AND DESERVED FANS..MADMAX,JATIN,DANIEL,SQUIRREL,FEDEXPRESS,and others…It was an honour to have a friendly ‘fight’ with u guys….18th IS AWESOME!!!!Hope rafa can add his 15th in the future,hope Andy can add his 4th soon and hope Nole also can add to his 13th soon…Good luck guys!!!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO=========AndyMira

PS…Thank u RZ,M,Squirrel and others for your nice words and commies…


FedExpress Says:

Christopher Clarey tweeted this:

No public retirement plans but Federer on ESPN on the “if not” line to Aussie crowd: “Because you never know. I’m not getting any younger”


FedExpress Says:

6 months off
4 top 10 players defeated
3 five setters won
and final vs nadal for the 18th GS

surely better run than pete had in 2002. maybe the best GS run considering the circumstances?


Anto Says:

@FedExpress Yeah me too think this has to be one of the best GS runs given the circumstances.


skeezer Says:

First, commiserations to the Rafa fans on this site, your man is back. It is so nice to have no trash talking idiots here for a time. You know who you are.
Don’t know if I have ever seen a better match with so much at stake. Talk about drama.
These two I have learned have so much respect for each other and you can see that more than ever now. They will both be forever enterwined when they talk about this game.
Niw Fed has further separated his already majestic heights from the field. But Rafa imho is looking to be the fav at FO. And it goes on. Congrats to both for a very memorable tournament. AO 17.
Fed 18. GOAT.


Markus Says:

What a treat to watch Federer and Nadal in a slam final! Just like all the Federer fans, I am thrilled and happy that he added another slam title to make it 18. Commiserations to Nadal and his fans. He almost beat Federer again. Hopefully, this will drive him harder to win his 10th French. I will root for him to do that…unless of course it is Federer again standing across the net. But I really do want Nadal to eventually break his tie with Sampras and get his 15th because when people argue about GOAT, I want Federer and Nadal to be the main protagonists there.


Willow Says:

Markus thanks nice post, not really that fixated on GOAT personally, but i like the idea of Rafa surpassing Sampras and getting his 15th, i was never even that bothered about Novak surpassing him either, which im still resigned to that possibly happening, especially if he bounces back, but i like your summary, ive enjoyed this GS even if i didnt get either of the winners i wanted, i think both of my favorites are cursed at the AO lol ….


Willow Says:

Skeezer the Rafa fans have been quite gracious in defeat, no trash talking, you might get it from the other fan group though lol ….


Willow Says:

Markus sorry have to ask, you remind me of another poster called Swiss Maestro, are you him by any chance ? ….


Markus Says:

What also made me happy with this outcome was that it prevented what would have happened had Federer lost to Nadal. I can only imagine the amount of insults he would get, not from the Nadal fan group because they have been mostly convivial towards Federer and his fans, but from the other fan group, as Willow would say. Towards that end, what a blessing this victory had been.


Markus Says:

No, I am not, Willow. I have never written under any other assumed name. Always Markus.


Willow Says:

Sorry you just sounded familiar Markus, you post similar, but in a good way though ;-) ….


Markus Says:

You didn’t mean any harm by asking, Willow. No need to apologize.


madmax Says:

FEDEXPRESS….Federer said that ‘you never know with injury’…and he ‘wasn’t getting any younger’, but he was in a very jokey mood.

I cannot see him retiring, or even thinking about it, for another (at least ) 2 years…

I guess the thing is, he never thought that, after having 6 months off, he would come back and win his first Grand Slam? Who did?

What he has achieved today rivals a miracle.

Rafa fans, I feel that Rafa too, deserved to win. I love watching these two play and to think they both had a chance again, playing at the highest level – it really could have gone either way. Not a blow out from either opponent and the shot making.

Only these two can play this kind of tennis.

Magical.


Markus Says:

Hey, madmax, I posted a comment about you calling my comment about Federer crap. I don’t think it went through. I just wanted to say that you are right and that indeed I was full of crap earlier. Nevertheless, I don’t mind being full of it as long as Federer wins. Happy with 17. Delirious now with 18. Have a good day, madmax.


J.S. Says:

Hey Everyone!
After a nice dinner (binging) I thought I would feel better but now I am just fat and miserable! Maybe tomorrow will be a better day!
What bothered me the most was Roger getting all the hoopla after the match. So much drama after such a big event – So shame on me being sad it wasn’t Rafa!

Someone has to lose and Roger played amazing in the 5th set. It was Rafa’s to lose!

Off to gym tomorrow and I will be in Rotterdam supporting my King! with my “marry me” t-shirts, LOL

Thanks for the FUN and letting me join….Congrats to Federer Fans you MUST BE THRILLED!!


madmax Says:

Markus! I saw it and honestly, no hard feelings at all. Knew you would take it. Get frustrated when people get negative when there is so much positive to take from this tournament, even if Fed had lost the final. I felt though, all the way through the tournament, I never wavered with that feeling – it just felt right – felt right that he was playing the ‘love of his life’ (!) seriously, these two, talk about mutual appreciation LURVE society – enjoy reading your posts Markus.

See you around. Have a great day too. I have been watching the highlights of the match, again and again and again. It’s wonderful indeed, but as Fed said, would be great to have shared the trophy with Rafa.

Both boys are back in town!

Some tweets for both athletes from around the world!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tennis/federer-nadal-australian-open-live-9713847


madmax Says:

The world of sport congratulates Federer

Usain Bolt was watching:

Congrats @rogerfederer #AusOpen

— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) January 29, 2017
As was Stanislas Wawrinka:

Mesut Ozil had a message for his pal:

Sachin Tendulkar enjoyed what he saw:

Iker Casillas tweeted this:

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos was equally congratulatory:


madmax Says:

just to be clear, equal congrats from around the world to BOTH players in these tweets.

Can there ever be a duo that is so, so loved from around the world?


Humble Rafa Says:

Skeeze,

Feeding cats three square meals is not for them. Moderation is best.


skeezer Says:

HR,
C’mon, thats the best you can come up with?
Your luck at fishing must be at a low point. Keep trying, maybe switch the bait?


Ronn Says:

Rafa’s FH topspin lands well inside the baseline which never happened until several years ago. This allowed Federer to use his BH more effectively and that’s why he won the match.


skeezer Says:

3 all first set 15-30 nadal serving, that point won the first set. Re-watch that point! The notice to all that Fed was bringing something different to the table.
Note: love how Fed has adapted and is hitting out on returns on the BH side. Remember when he just use to chip his return back?
3-4 Nadal serving, point of the match!. Fed out rallies Rafa in the longest point of the match, getting totally lost in another hitting gear. Point after next, breaks Rafa to then serve for the match.
At 5-3, serving for the match, Rafa battles back yet again with 2 break points in his pocket. But Fed this time has the resolve to fight back once again, and produces the match point that …lands….on….the line!
Boom! 18.


FedExpress Says:

I think, Markus, the first game in the 3rd set was key in which he was 40-0 up, pegged back to Deuce and had to save 3 BPs (with 3 classy aces into the same direction). That changed the momentum and Federer would go on to dominate the set. Apart from the 4th set, Fed was cracking on the return. He led some chances slip but other than in the past he didn’t let them bother. That was the most remarkable. Didn’t had the belief vs Nadal and Delpo in 2009 to fight the 5th set out.

He was also quite fortunate to serve always first in the 3 five setters he played in this tournament. But rest was sheer brilliance.


FedExpress Says:

sry my post was directef to skeezer.


Joe W Says:

I’m really going to miss Fed and Rafa when they finally retire. “Big Four” is misnomer. There’s Fed, Rafa, and Novak and then everyone else. Yes Stan and Andy have a few titles but at their respective ages, their accomplishments pale in comparison.

With 18 GS Titles, Fed is even with Jack Nicholas, Chrissy, and Martina. Not bad company.

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