It is a dream final at the Australian Open this year. Both the finals offer a throwback to the past. The Williams sisters are playing against each other in the Women’s Singles final, while the big brothers of the tennis world – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – fight perhaps for one last time in grand slam finals. Don’t miss the action. Don’t miss the thrill of online betting. You are going to remember this for a long time.
Federer – Preview
The journey to the final has not been smooth for the Swiss maestro. After the early rounds, he got his first real challenge in the form Tomas Berdych in the third round. He overcome Berdych rather comfortably. He faced Kei Nishikori in the second round. It was a terrific match. He had to use all his experience to tame the Japanese in five sets.
In the quarter finals he faced the giant-killing German Mischa Zvere. He dispatched the big German without much fuss in straight sets to set up a clash with his compatriot Stan Wawrinka. It was yet another thrilling five-set affair between the master and his one-time understudy. The master prevailed in a grueling five-set encounter.
Federer displayed his silken skills and a champion’s aura right through the tournament. Would you place your money on him in for betting?
Preview – Nadal
Nadal started the tournament rather anonymously. He had his share of tough opponents. He faced Marcos Baghdatis in the second round and young upstart Alexander Zverev in the third round. He defeated Baghdatis comfortably, but had to sweat it out for win against Zverev in five sets. He won against Guy Monfils in the fourth round in four sets. Up until this stage, Nadal had not looked at his best. It looked as though that the Spanish legend may not go past the quarter final stage.
He faced Milos Raonic in the quarter final and showed the new kid on the block who is the boss. He won in straight sets. Another new gen player was waiting for him in the semi finals: Grigor Dimitrov. Nadal gave him a lesson on playing crunch situations by winning the match 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
If you look at the stats alone, you would place your money on Nadal in online betting. Of the 34 times these two played, Nadal has won 23 against Federer’s 11. However, 15 of these 34 matches have been played on clay, Nadal’s favourite surface, and only three on grass, Federer’s favourite surface. In Australian Open, Nadal has won all his three matches against Federer, including the 2009 final. The last time these two have met in a grand slam final was the 2011 French Open which Nadal won in four sets. And the last time these two have met was in 2015 in Basel, which Federer won in straight sets.
Close observers of tennis would agree that Nadal has some kind of psychological edge over Federer. The Swiss tends to make mistakes against Nadal that he otherwise does not make. However, the prime of their battles has long past and there has been enough time for psychological scars to heal.
Who will win? For the sake of online betting, the betting firms seem to be favouring Nadal, judging from the odds. However, Federer looks good to avenge for all his losses in the Australian Open against Nadal.
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