Former world number ones Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will write another chapter in one of the greatest rivalries of the modern tennis era when they meet each other in the Australian Open final in Melbourne tomorrow.
Both Nadal, from Spain, and Federer, from Switzerland, rolled back the years in Australia over the past fortnight as they advanced to the final against all odds after a year in which both took time off with injuries.
Both players were made to work hard on the way to the final and were pushed to two five-setters apiece.
Federer went the distance against Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the fourth round and in Thursday’s semi-final when he overcame 2014 champion and compatriot Stan Wawrinka.
Nadal defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the third round in five tough sets and secured his place in the final after edging out Grigor Dimitrov in a five-set thriller that lasted just under five hours.
Federer, now 35, is targeting an 18th Grand Slam title and fifth in Australia while Nadal, who won in 2009, is on the hunt for his 15th major.
It will be their 35th career meeting on the ATP Tour with Nadal, 30, winning 23 of their matches to date.
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