Even though it has not yet been decided, the Australian Open men’s final will be played, most likely, between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The great rivalry
This leads us to the great rivalry between Nadal and Djokovic, probably the most exciting rivalry in modern tennis.
They played togheter 52 times, which is absolute record in the Open Era (for male tennis players) and the Serbian leads with 27-25. Djokovic also leads the finals played against Nadal (14-10), but Nadal is leading the Grand Slam finals (4-3).
Everyone remembers the 2012 final of the Australian Open, which took almost 6 hours (it is the longest Grand Slam final ever) and was won by Djokovic. Then it was pretty much the same as now: Djokovic had already won Wimbledon and US Open (by defeating Nadal in both finals) and he was also seeded #1 (and Nadal #2). Even more, during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Djokovic managed to win seven times in a row against Nadal, all in finals.
Will Djokovic made it through the final?
Most probably, yes. He will play against Lucas Pouille of France and, of course, he has the first chance. He’s fit and ready to take on Pouille. But the Frenchmen is also eager to make it big in Melbourne.
“It feels great. This has been my most successful Grand Slam throughout my career, the first one that I won back in 2008. The past two years have been a bit tough with the elbow injury and everything, but over the past 10 years, I’ve had plenty of success here. Obviously, that has helped to kick-start the season in a great fashion and, obviously, served as a great confidence boost for what was coming up after that.” said Djokovic for ATPTour.
Everyone is expecting the semifinal tomorrow, and, if all things go according to the plan, we’ll have a dream final on the 27th of January, the 55 meeting between these two tennis giants.