In an entertaining 5-set thriller, Rafael Nadal outlasted Grigor Dimitrov to advance to the Australian Open Finals.
In what some are calling the greatest match of the tournament, Nadal and Dimitrov both put up a fight. Because the match lasted a total of 4 hours and 56 minutes, it required a lot of endurance and effort from both players. However, Nadal was composed for longer and ended up winning the match 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
After his win, Nadal congratulated his opponent on a well-played match. He then went on to celebrate in a variety of ways, including the removal of his shirt.
Considering the fact that this was only Dimitrov’s second Grand Slam SemiFinal, he played very well. Also, many analysts did not even expect “Baby Fed” to do as well as he did. You can probably expect to see him do some great things in the future.
Nadal and Federer will now be battling in the finals for what is considered to be a classical throwback match. This will be an amazing experience for many tennis fans because there hasn’t been a “Fedal” Grand Slam Final since the French Open in 2011.
In that French Open tournament, Nadal beat Federer with a score of 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1. A lot has changed since then, so you can expect this match to be different. First of all, Nadal is considered as the “King of Clay”, so Federer naturally had trouble playing him on that specific court type. Also, a lot has changed since that time – Federer is now 35 and Nadal is 30 years old.
No matter who wins this tournament, we need to embrace the results and acknowledge the superior level of tennis that we get to watch. Because who knows, this might be the last time we see a “Fedal” Grand Slam Final in the history of tennis.