Nadal beat Federer 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 to reach the Australian Open Final today
It was a brilliant match by one of sport's greatest rivalries. I played hooky from work commitments and watched from the edge of my seat.
I felt a little sorry for Federer. He played amazing tennis but the street fighter of old had his number today.
I can still remember being pissed at Federer for crying and stealing Nadal's moment of championship glory at the Australian Open Final of 2009.
Nadal had just demolished Federer but instead of being annoyed he offered consolation and praise to the defending champion.
In today's encounter, a semi-final, Federer made no fuss after losing and walked off court but without signing any autographs. The man is mostly a classy champion and undoubtedly the greatest tennis player of all time.
If he had won I would not have been too sad since I think his game is better suited to beating Djokovic.
I can't wait till Sunday for the final where I fully expect Djokovic to be present barring a huge upset in his semi-final match with Murray. My opinion is that Murray does not have the what it takes to beat Djokovic.
But does Nadal have what it takes to beat the seemingly unbeatable Djokovic?
I think he does even though he lost 6 straight matches to Djokovic in 2011. Nadal seems hungry again and that brawler look is back on his grill and in his demeanor.
In fact, if the Nadal that just beat Federer was a motorcycle he would be a lime green Triumph Speed Triple, a street fighter unlike any other.
2007 Triumph Speed Triple
Brutally elegant indeed!
Nadal Picture Credit
Triumph Picture Credit