Federer defeats Nadal to win Australian Open

Gael Monfils v Rafael Nadal R4 Day 8 Rod Laver Arena 23 January 2017

Federer defeats Nadal to win Australian Open

Plus this is Federer vs. Nadal! Are we in mid-2000s? These two greats of the game dominated the sport in the last decade but have been a pale shadow of themselves of late.

He was returning from an injury which had sidelined him for six-months and beat his arch-rival at a grand slam for the first time in nearly ten years.

Before Sunday's decider, they had already met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Nadal winning six and Federer triumphing twice.

But there they are. I think that was the effect that the French Open loss left on me.

Physically, Federer may have a slight edge, which might sound freakish when he has been out for six months, but which makes sense when you take into account Nadal's four hour and 54 minute semi-final win over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

For the first time since 2010, Roger Federer has won the Australian Open, besting long-time rival Rafael Nadal in the finals in Melbourne on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal has reached the final of the Australian Open, where he'll face long-time rival Roger Federer in a matchup that answers the prayers of tennis fans eager to see a ninth Grand Slam final between the pair.

The appearances of Serena, 35, Venus, 36, Roger, 35 and Rafa, 30, in the championship matches marks the first time the veteran quartet have played off for the men's and women's trophies since Wimbledon in 2008.

"I'm competing great, physically I'm getting there".

"As soon as the off-season was on, it was just very simple", he said following his fourth-round win over Denis Istomin. "That's very special", Nadal told Jim Courier during the post-match interview.

"Tennis is a tough sport".

And that is true, even the cricketing world has taken notice.

"What a champion @RafaelNadal did not crack under pressure! Epic final on the way????" tweeted Yuvraj.

Serena has the 6-2 advantage in their Grand Slam finals meetings, a 9-5 edge in Slam matches, and a 16-11 record overall.

The Williams sisters often travel and practice together, just as they have on tour for two decades.

"He relaxed really, and I couldn't serve well as I did the next thing I know it was hard to stop the bleeding", Federer said. "Nothing can break our family". "I've seen him grow and become the legend that he is now".

"This is a story. This is a great opportunity for us to start our new beginning".

"It feels incredible. I never, ever in my wildest dreams thought I would come this far in Australia". Venus beat out her opponent, CoCo Vandeweghe, with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 victory to advance to the final. It will be the first time in the Open era that all four singles finalists are older than 30. Especially winning it in the fifth, when I thought this wouldn't happen. "I never, ever dreamed to be back in the final of the second tournament of the year. I would have been happy again to be in the finals", thus "this one will take more time to sink in".

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