Pre-tournament talk was all about an Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic Final. However, with the number one and two seeds having made an early exit, the Australian Open crowds will be treated to the unthinkable on Sunday – a Roger Federer vs Rafa Nadal Final.
After returning from 6-months off injured, Roger Federer’s 35-year-old legs were expected to succumb to a younger rival’s in the early rounds. Meanwhile, Nadal’s dodgy knees were also not expected to stand-up to the heat of battle in the 6 matches it takes to reach the final.
But, here we are, and in an attempt to work out which of the two biggest fan-favourites in men’s tennis will win this historic battle, it’s time to take a look back at their previous history.
Grand Slam Victories
Federer leads the way in Grand Slam Victories with 17, including 4 Australian Opens in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010. Meanwhile, Nadal has won 14 Grand Slams, but only 1 Australian Open in 2009.
The Federer/Nadal rivalry is one that stretches back all the way to 2004, when a young teenage Spaniard gave the world a taste of what was to come by defeating Federer in straight sets in the Miami Masters. Federer had never previously played anyone with Nadal’s ability to endlessly get the ball back, and that enthusiasm and endurance is what has so often given Nadal the edge in head-to-heads – and sees him with an overall lead of 23-11.
15 of those matches were on clay, where Nadal dominates 13-2, however he still leads Federer on hardcourts 9-6, including their last 4 meetings. However, Federer did win the last game between them in 2015 on Indoor Hardcourts.
Grand Slam Head To Heads
Federer and Nadal have played each other in 11 Grand Slams, and it’s again Nadal who holds a significant 9-2 advantage, with Federer not beating Nadal in any of these encounters since 2007. 3 of their last 4 Grand Slam encounters were also in the Australian Open, with Nadal beating him in the final 3-2 in 2009, and 3-1 and 3-0 in the semi-finals in 2012 and 2014.
Grand Slam Scores
Nadal has beaten Federer 3-1 in 5 of their 9 Grand Slam matches. He’s also beaten him 3-0 twice and 3-2 twice. Meanwhile Federer’s two victories were achieved 3-1 and 3-2.
2017 Australian Open Final Summary And Tips
The new quicker courts have undoubtedly helped Roger Federer make his way to the 2017 Australian Open Final, but the big question is whether his ageing legs can stand-up to a match against an opponent who has more often than not had the upper-hand throughout their careers. The answer is probably not, and Nadal is expected to claim his second Australian Open Title at odds of 4/5. If you want to play at bigger odds, then Nadal to win 3-1 looks decent value at 15/4.
Nadal To Win @ 4/5 with Black Type
Nadal To Win 3-1 @ 15/4 with Black Type