Sunday, February 1, 2009
AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL
After one of the best tennis matches of all time in Nadal's epic 5 hour 14 min victory over Verdasco, we're just a few hours away from another Federer vs Nadal final. Their last meeting in a Grand Slam produced another of the best matches in history, with Nadal trumping Federer in the fifth at Wimbledon. The media have beaten up how tired Nadal will be, and how Federer has had an extra day off, but have completetly overlooked two things. The first is Nadal's 12-6 record over Federer. The second is that they have spent pretty much the same amount of time on court throughout the tournament. I actually think that the extra day off is a disadvantage for Federer; he's a touch player and needs to be playing regularly. I'm tipping him to start slow and Nadal to come out of the blocks aggressively. I like Nadal to win in four sets. He is the best player in the world without question and I find it hard to fathom how Federer is a warm favourite with the bookies. Hopefully we'll see a fantastic finish to what has been a great tournament except for Channel 7's sloppy coverage. I was half expecting to get another one hour delay into Brisbane tonight, with some Today Tonight or Deal Or No Deal re-runs prior but thank God it's live. Enjoy.