What would a Fedal Final Mean for Tennis?
It’s almost upon us. The final of the Australian Open is just four days away, and it could be a blockbuster. The two greatest players of this generation, Federer, the Maestro himself, and his rival Rafael Nadal are still in the draw, and we could be in for what could be one of the greatest finals in tennis history.
Federer’s path to the final was by no means an easy one. The Swiss faced two easy opponents in Jurgen Melzer and Noah Rubin to advance to the Round of 32. He absolutely blew Berdych off the court, and managed to slip past Nishikori in a five-set thriller. What could have been a blockbuster quarterfinal match between Sir Andy Murray and Federer was not to be as Mischa Zverev upset the Scotsman with an old-style serve & volley masterclass. Federer was not to be beat, and he swept the older Zverev off the court in ninety minutes. Now he lies, awaiting his fellow compatriot Wawrinka in the semifinals. Should he win, he would arguably have the best chance in the last four years of winning that elusive eighteenth grand slam.
Nadal’s path was not any easier. He won his first two matches in straight sets, but the third one was much more difficult. Playing against younger brother Alexander Zverev, he fought to come back in the fifth set to defeat the German in a thriller. He then faced flashy trickshotter Gael Monfils and big-server Milos Raonic, who he dispatched in seven sets, playing some incredible tennis to advance to his first grand slam semifinal in just under two years. He will now play “Baby Fed” in the semifinal to advance to final where he could face Federer himself.
Both players were not expected to get this far, but upsets to Murray and Djokovic opened up the path for these two greats. They showcased some vintage performances, and a final would probably be one of the greatest moments in tennis history. Two of the best of all time facing of in one last grand slam final. One last moment for us fans to treasure. Being a Federer fan, it won’t be easy if Federer beats Wawrinka only to lose to Nadal in the final, but any fan, myself included, must recognize the greatness of both players, the talent and devotion they put out onto the court. It would be a throwback for the ages, and we’ll know very soon if our dreams will come true