Background Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer has nearly ten-year history. The first time their paths crossed in 2004 at a tournament in Miami, where the winner was then 18-year-old boy, and now top-ranked Nadal.
Since then, 34 times rivals have met each other. Bigger rival in these duels succeeded Spaniard, who won 24 of the match. The next, 35th on account of their meeting was held today at the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Rivals met twice at Australian Open – Nadal won both times. Rafa proved stronger today.
Match was not so stubborn, as expected, and ended in a minimum number of sets. Although the first Party had a protracted tennis match and uncompromising. Nadal looked in the first set a little more stable, but he did not manage to take an opponent, though the Spaniard and had three break-point, while Federer has a chance to take an opponent had. As a result, all grown into a tie-break, where the Spaniard immediately took the lead and won.
In the second set of hard struggle was just in a game when Federer was serving. Hispanic confidently handed and therefore not allowed an opponent to dream about shave Point. Unforced errors Roger became more and Nadal won the game with one break.
In the third installment Federer still managed to take an opponent, but it was for him only a small consolation – Nadal thrice made a break and celebrated the victory not only set, but also in the match. In the final play Spaniard with another Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka.
Melbourne (Australia). Australian Open. The prize fund of 31.1 million dollars. 1/2 final
Rafael Nadal (Spain, 1) – Roger Federer, Switzerland (6) – 7:6 (7:4), 6:3, 6:3