Apparently, we went from 2016 to 2011 when the calendars turned over, as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set to clash in a Grand Slam final for the first time in over half a decade. Over the past two weeks, tennis fans have been keeping their eyes on the Australian Open bracket and watching the once-dominant duo slowly inch toward another confrontation.
Now that we are finally here, just how has the rivalry between Federer and Nadal panned out over their legendary careers?
The recent results of the rivalry have been rather one-sided, as Rafa has won five of the past six against Roger, though Federer did win their last matchup at the Swiss Indoors in November 2015. In Grand Slam finals, Nadal has also held the edge with a 6-2 record against Federer. However, the two are virtually tied in their career meetings on hard court, as Nadal holds a slight 9-7 edge.
The edge in Aussie Open clashes easily goes to Nadal, as the Spaniard has won all three meetings between the two Down Under.
Aside from the recent track records and injury problems, we should just appreciate this match for what it is. This is the ninth and likely final time Federer and Nadal will meet in a Grand Slam final – the two defining tennis players for an entire generation with one last curtain call.
|Rafael Nadal||-1.5 (-108)||-128||OVER 41.5 (-113)|
|Roger Federer||+1.5 (-108)||+112||UNDER 41.5 (-103)|
Odds as of January 27 at BetOnline