Australian Open champion again.
Roger Federer - Rafael Nadal
Australian Open men - 29 January 2017
Australian Open – Follow the Tennis match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal live with Eurosport. The match starts at 16:30 on 29 January 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 NADAL: FEDERER IS CHAMPION AGAIN! A remarkable match and a remarkable final game as Federer wins his 18th grand slam title. The tears are flowing! Sad there had to be a loser. HOW THE FINAL GAME UNFOLDED: The Swiss tries the serve and volley on the opening point but Nadal comes up with the pass. Nadal digs into his remarkable reserves to force Federer to miss a backhand. Federer comes up with a big serve to get into the game but Nadal forces two break back points. The first is saved with an ace up the tee and the second with a ridiculously brave inside out forehand winner. A long Nadal return brings Federer championship point but after a successful challenge on second serve, he misses a forehand as the game goes back to deuce. Another ace brings a second championship point and a forehand catches the line to give Federer the title. Nadal challenges, but it’s in vain and this remarkable story is complete.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 5-3 NADAL: FEDERER BREAKS! A wicked sliced backhand forces Nadal to hook a forehand wide before a perfectly executed point had Nadal in deeper trouble at 0-30. The pressure builds as Nadal serves only a third double fault to concede three break points but the Spaniard pulls out a remarkable forehand to save the first off a great return. The body serve does the trick again on the second and Federer mistimes a backhand return as a third comes and goes. The point of the match, possibly the tournament, follows with Federer pulling out all the stops with a remarkable forehand up the line. Nadal staves off another break point but Federer won’t be denied, another superb backhand forcing the error. He’ll serve for the match with new balls!
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 4-3 NADAL: Huge cheers from the crowd now as Federer opens up with an ace. The decibels rise further as the Swiss volleys into open court and it gets louder still as he consolidates the break with a second serve ace. Must there be a loser?
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 3-3 NADAL: BACK ON SERVE! Federer trades with Nadal from the baseline and pulls out a cracking backhand winner to open proceedings. He forces Nadal to net to move further ahead but then mistimes a forehand before the Spaniard scores with a forehand winner. Nadal saves yet another break point with that cracked lasso forehand and but misses with another as Federer breaks through. What a final!
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 2-3 NADAL: Federer really having to pull out his very best to stay with Nadal at the moment and he needs his best tennis to hold to 15. Still very much in this gripping final.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 1-3 NADAL: The body serve has been so effective for Nadal in this match and he pulls it out on the opening two points to force errors from the Federer wand. A rare double gives the Swiss hope at 30-15 and he pulls out a magical backhand to restore parity. Another fabulous backhand winner earns Federer another chance to break but Nadal is so tough under pressure and pulls out a huge hold.
This was AMAZING!
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 1-2 NADAL: Federer pulling out all the stops to stay in this. A cracking backhand catches the edge of the line and a sublime drop volley and backhand winner keeps him in touch. Great stuff from Roger.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 0-2 NADAL: BIG HOLD! Federer comes into the net, mixing things up and testing Nadal but the Spaniard is high on confidence at the moment, passing the Swiss. Another huge cheer greets a backhand winner as Federer moves 15-30 up and another of the same earns two break back points. Anguish all round as he nets on the first and a big forehand winner from Nadal saves the second. A dead let cord gives Federer a third chance but Nadal again pulls out the big forehand for a massive hold.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 0-1 NADAL: NADAL BREAKS! Rafa whips a forehand winner and comes out on top of a gruelling rally as Federer nets. A huge cheer greets a Federer forehand winner but Nadal hits one of his own to earn two break points. Federer saves the first with another forehand winner but then hits wide and Nadal has the immediate break.
Going all the way!
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 NADAL: SET! Nadal serving with new balls and persisting with the body serve to good effect. He races to a love hold and we’re going all the way, folks!
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-5 NADAL: Federer in no mood to surrender this set just yet and he wants the advantage of serving first in the fifth at the very least. Another rare missed midcourt forehand precedes a 15th ace and he asks Nadal the serve it out question.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 2-5 NADAL: Nadal using the body serve to great effect and moves to within a game of taking this great match and occasion to a fitting fifth set with an ace.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 2-4 NADAL: Federer bangs down a couple of aces to open his service game but Nadal scores with a huge forehand winner. Even Federer is laughing in disbelief at mistiming an overhead and a netted forehand concedes another break point. But it’s aces to the rescue as he digs deep to hold.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 1-4 NADAL: Federer isn’t done yet in this set, fighting back from 40-15 to deuce but it’s Nadal who digs deep to consolidate the break with an outrageous sliced winner when the point looked Federer’s for all money. Sensational stuff. Definitely looking like a five setter now.
Rafa unleashes a forehand.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 1-3 NADAL: BREAK! Federer makes a glaring forehand error on a mid-court put away and then mistimes a forehand. A typical Nadal forehand winner earns three break points and Federer nets a volley to concede the break. Of course, we’re going 5 sets, aren’t we?
Too close to call...
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 1-2 NADAL: Nadal struggling to out hit Federer from the back of the court and that spells danger for the Spaniard. It matters not this time as he holds with a big serve that Federer can’t keep in court.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 1-1 NADAL: Federer continues serenely on his way on serve, a forehand volley helping him to 40-0. Nadal chases down a drop shot to get into the game but another backhand winner gets Federer on the board in the set.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 0-1 NADAL: Federer scores with another glorious early backhand return winner and another off the same flank draws another error from Nadal. But it’s the Spaniard who holds to 30 as Federer hits a forehand long.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-1 NADAL: SET FEDERER! New balls in play for Federer but a double fault gifts Nadal a break back point before a forehand winner saves the day. A perfect swinging serve earns set point and he gets it done at the second time of asking with a backhand drop volley. Rafa will have to go five again if he wants to win this!
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 5-1 NADAL: BREAK! Federer tries a first drop shot of the night but it ends up in the net. Nadal has Federer on a piece of string on the next point, running him this way and that before a lovely backhand return gives the Swiss a foothold. Another stunning backhand earns Federer yet another break point and a second guaranteed the double break. He will serve for the set.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 4-1 NADAL: Federer opens up with the serve and volley ploy and Nadal then uncharacteristically misses a forehand and fires a return long. He rounds off a love hold with a whipped forehand winner. Looking sublime!
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 3-1 NADAL: BIG HOLD! Another stunning backhand winner from Federer and he’s seeing the ball like a football at the moment. A lovely forehand drive volley earns two break points but a heavy Nadal forehands and pressure first serve restores parity. Another stunning Federer winner gets the Swiss a third but the Mallorcan digs deep for a huge hold.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 3-0 NADAL: A lovely serve and volley switch up and successive aces and Federer consolidates the break. Great stuff.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 2-0 NADAL: FEDERER BREAKS! Roars from the crowd as Federer whips a forehand crosscourt winner on the opening point. The Swiss comes out on top of another sensational rally to move further ahead in the game but he nets a backhand going for an outright winner, trying to shorten the points now. A good first serve restores parity but an incredible half volleyed forehand winner, the shot of the match, earns Federer break point. Nadal nets and Federer strikes first!
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 1-0 NADAL: BIG HOLD! Just the start Federer needed in this set. Finding his first serves again, he races to 40-0 but then the doubts creep in again. A netted volley allows Nadal back to deuce and another forehand into the net concedes break point. The Swiss needs three aces out wide to save break points after a couple of uncharacteristic netted volleys and he digs deep to hold after Nadal nets.
It's one set all in the final.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 NADAL: SET NADAL! The serve out wide and forehand into open court is a combination that has always worked for Nadal and he uses it to good effect to earn three set points. He levels up the match as Federer hits long. We have a final!
FEDERER 6-4 3-5 NADAL: Slick tennis from Federer is keeping Nadal honest in this set. An inside out forehand winner completes a quick hold but Nadal will serve for the set.
FEDERER 6-4 2-5 NADAL: Nadal back into the groove on serve. He races to a love hold to move to within a game of levelling up this final.
FEDERER 6-4 2-4 NADAL: Sweat pouring off Nadal’s head, in contrast to the ice cool Federer. The contrast in styles always making this match up an absolute classic. The Swiss maestro wins an absolute belter of a rally to move 30-0 up and he completes a hold to 30 with an inside out forehand winner to put the pressure back on Nadal.
FEDERER 6-4 1-4 NADAL: BREAK! Federer striking the ball much harder and more freely, perhaps in frustration at this set slipping away. A crunching forehand winner gives him another break point and he gets one of them back with a forehand into the open court.
FEDERER 6-4 0-4 NADAL: DOUBLE BREAK! Federer starts with an eighth unforced error to Nadal’s one and a blocked return and forehand winner gives the Spaniard two more break points. He fires long on the first and a deep Federer forehand saves the second. But another forehand error gives Nadal the double break.
FEDERER 6-4 0-3 NADAL: BIG HOLD! Federer has played fantastic tennis so far but he of all people knew this was never going to be easy. Nadal clenches his fist after another forehand winner before an early return and netted Nadal backhand gets Federer into the game at 30-30. Another Nadal error off the same flank gives Federer break back point and a wonderful volley and overhead another but the Spaniard digs deep to consolidate his break.
FEDERER 6-4 0-2 NADAL: NADAL BREAKS! Federer opens with a first double, as rare as hens teeth and then comes out on the wrong end of a typical Nadal power rally to go 0-30 down. A dead let cord goes Federer’s way but he hits a midcourt forehand right into Nadal’s forehand wheel to concede break point. A brave drive volley saves the day but Nadal again comes out on top of a long rally before Federer nets a backhand.
FEDERER 6-4 0-1 NADAL: A nice switch up from Nadal, doing a Federer by coming into the net and cutting off a volley. He then misses with a backhand to give Federer a glimmer but the Spaniard ups the ante, hitting the ball harder and sealing the game with a second serve ace.
Roger Federer in action.
FEDERER 6-4 NADAL: SET FEDERER! Federer puts a forehand right into Nadal’s backhand arc to drop his first point in 12 on serve but restores parity with an ace. Another first serve does the damage before a stunning backhand deep into the corner earns two set points. He seals the opening set with an ace and glares at his box with the confidence of a man who knows he can win this!
FEDERER 5-4 NADAL: Federer looking so focused, not missing on either flank to rush Nadal into a forehand error. The Spaniard responds with a typical whipped forehand winner and an ace before Federer narrowly misses a backhand return. Nadal seems to be rushing slightly in missing a backhand but holds with a wrong footing forehand to put the pressure back on Federer to serve out the set.
FEDERER 5-3 NADAL: Federer looking ominous on serve, racing to 40-0 with a combo of first serves and flashing winners. He holds to love yet again to move to within a game of the set.
FEDERER 4-3 NADAL: FEDERER BREAKS! Federer scores with a cracking backhand return and volley into the open court but mistimes a second as Nadal perseveres to the same flank. A third Federer backhand up the line forces another error, something Dimitrov had significant success with. A fantastic drive volley after the rally of the match earns Federer two break points and he breaks through as Nadal hits a backhand wide. First blood to the Swiss maestro!
FEDERER 3-3 NADAL: A first ‘come on’ from Federer as Nadal hits long on the opening point and he follows up with a clean forehand winner and an ace to move to 40-0. Another flying forehand gives the Swiss a first love hold.
FEDERER 2-3 NADAL: Nadal looking ominous on serve, pummelling huge groundies to hold to love. The Spaniard is on form.
FEDERER 2-2 NADAL: Federer going for his shots, such is the consistency of Nadal’s defence and he causes Federer to miss with a backhand. But the Swiss responds with a nice net charge and forehand winner before sealing a hold to 15 with a backhand up the line that Nadal can’t keep in court.
FEDERER 1-2 NADAL: Federer scores with a lovely forehand winner into the ad corner but then can’t return a vicious swinging first serve. The Swiss ace narrowly misses with a crosscourt backhand but Nadal throws in a first double before getting extremely lucky with a dead net cord before Federer nets a return. Tense stuff already!
FEDERER 1-1 NADAL: Rafa already looking ominous on that forehand but Federer also lethal on that side, hitting a clean winner and forcing an error to join the battle. He holds to 30.
FEDERER 0-1 NADAL: The standard has been set. Rafa comes out on top of a juicy opening point before finding a couple of first serves and racing to a love hold. Good start for the Spaniard.
Rafael Nadal to serve. Here we go!
As these two tennis legends begin their warm-up, how much do you think you know about their previous finals?
It's almost time. Roger or Rafa?
The players are making their way out onto the court. It's really happening!
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One more win, Roger. One more win... Would this be his greatest ever?
This match is just too close to call. It may have five sets written all over it. But if you fancy a flutter, you may want to listen to the coach explain why Rafa is the favourite.
Let's get the countdown underway with some pre-match reading. This is one of the greatest rivalries in sport, for sure.
Good morning tennis fans! And what a treat we have in store for you. Many never thought this would happen in a major final ever again, that Murray and Djokovic would rule the roost for years. But yes, it has happened. The Roger v Rafa show is back, possibly for the last time. Who are you gunning for?