Roger Federer – Rafael Nadal Prediction and Preview
Roger Federer (ATP 17)
Reached the 35-year-old Swiss champion never ceases to amaze the world of tennis. Many specialists in this sport have predicted the end of his career for Roger after he underwent surgery in 2016 but he showed not only excellent shape to return, and a craving fantastic tennis, which led to this qualification in the last act of the Melbourne tournament which he won 4 times, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010.
At this edition, Federer almost all of Jürgen Melzer (ATP 300 – 7-5, 3-6, 6-2,6-2), Noah Rubin (200 ATP – 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 ) Tomas Berdych (10 ATP – 6-2, 6-4, 6-4), Kei Nishikori (5 ATP – 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3), Mischa Zverev (50 ATP – 6-1, 7-5, 6-2) and Stan Wawrinka (ATP 4 – 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3)
The first tournament attended Roger from returning to the circuit was the Hopman Cup, where Belinda paired with Bence. The two were seen as favorite to conquer the trophy, but their course ended in the group stage, when they missed the decisive match to qualify for the finals, against France’s Gasquet and Mladenovic.
Rafael Nadal (9 ATP)
Saw little chance in the final qualification at the start of the tournament, the Spaniard true in what is one of the best players who stepped on the court. Although there had extraordinary results in recent seasons, Rafa has made a fantastic tournament and got to where it deserves, fighting for the big trophy.
On his way to the final, Nadal passed in turn by Florian Mayer (ATP 49 – 6-3, 6-4, 6-4), Marcos Baghdatis (ATP 36 – 6-3, 6-1, 6-3) Alexander Zverev (ATP 24 – 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2), Gael Monfils (6 ATP – 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4) Milos Raonic (ATP 3 – 6-4, 7-6, 6-4) and Grigor Dimitrov (15 ATP – 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4). At a rate of 3.20 offered by Unibet, you can count on five sets played in the finals.
Spaniard won one title at the Australian Open in 2009, when passed in the last act of the race even Roger Federer, score 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2. From that success, Rafa has managed two finals at Melbourne, both lost 3-2 in front of Novak Djokovic in 2012 and 3-1 in front of Stan Wawrinka, 2014.
Head to Head
One of the greatest rivalries in sports history gathered a total of 34 meetings between the two athletes. The most recent is that of Basel, in 2015, when the Swiss managed to win in front of their public, 6-3, 5-7,6-3. In matches played at the Australian Open, Nadal leads his rival by a score of 3-0 and 8-2 in those played on hard surface this and Melbourne.
The direct results indicates a Spanish player’s advantage in this final, but a champion Roger’s stature should not be underestimated. It also had an extra day of rest compared to the Spanish, both having extremely tough matches in the semifinals. Nadal stayed two hours longer on court than Federer, and the day of rest in addition he was granted Swiss can provide a slight advantage in this final. Given the balance presented to us before this match we expect each of the two to win at least one set. Roger has taken quite hard opponents in this tournament, since the beginning of the match, and ahead of Nadal, he knows he should not prolong time spent on the ground, so that might come more determined in the first act, the who should win it and if it wants to conquer the 5th title in Melbourne and 18th Grand slam of his career.
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