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Men's Final Highlights

Sue Barker introduces extended highlights of the men's singles final from Melbourne Park, where Roger Federer faces Rafa Nadal. With commentary by Andrew Castle and John Lloyd.


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They first met 13 years ago. They have played 34 times. Rafa leads

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23-11. COMMENTATOR: Rafa rules in

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Melbourne. They have come face to face in eight Grand Slam finals.

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Rafa leads 6-2. Federer's magnificent run ends. Nadal is the

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top man. Between them, they have five Australian Open crowns. Rafa

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one Roger four. Together, they have 31 Grand Slam titles. Rafa 14, Roger

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17. Not even Rafa can stop Roger's reign. They are two of only eight

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men who have achieved the career Grand Slam. In a sport defined by

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rivalries, we have had the great Australians of the 60s. Bjorn Borg,

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Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe in the 70s and 80s. Sampras and Agassi in

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the 90s. But Federer Nadal is perhaps the daddy of them all. They

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make the game look so easy. So bad and down the hatches. It is Roger

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four versus Rafa again. Are you ready?

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That is how the numbers stack up. But this match wasn't about titles

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and records. This, for tennis, was a celebration. It was the Grand Slam

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final that everybody wanted but never believed they would see again.

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Here were two great champions fighting for their legacies in what

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was probably their most important final ever. There was not a spare

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seat in the Rod Laver Arena as the two players made their way to court.

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And first, as the lower ranked player, Federer was introduced.

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And then another huge cheer, for Rafa.

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What Roger and Rafa have proved here is that greatness and years. It was

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history in the making for both players. Can Federer extend his lead

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in Grand Slam titles to 18 or can Nadal narrow the gap to just two? We

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join the match in the opening set, three games all, Nadal to serve. The

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commentators are John Lloyd and Andrew Castle.

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COMMENTATOR: Yes, the matte black racket of Roger Federer. Bigger

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racket head than it used to be. Timing the ball better since he

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changed. APPLAUSE

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Oh! Here is an opportunity, 0-15. New racket in hand and 98 square

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inches, this racket. He just has the feel on the backhand side. He was

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struggling with the timing for a few months or so and decided to change.

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He is somebody that does like to play quickly. Nadal the absolute

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opposite. No, not this time. Nadal's racket

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much lighter and a smaller grip. Very powerful frame, polyester

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strings, the ball shooting off the racket face.

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The 2014 French Open, that was Nadal, in this great rivalry.

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Oh! What a point, that is ridiculous! He looked in trouble for

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so much of that rally. He looked like he was playing catch up but

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then when he got the chance, he just exploded. Took the top-spin volley.

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Brilliant shot. That is a way! First blood to Roger

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Federer, in the last game with these tennis balls. Rafa is going to have

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a look at that. The last time Federer beat Nadal in a slam was

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2007 at Wimbledon. He has never beaten him in the final of a slam

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outside of The Championships in NSW 19. -- in SW19. Welcome he has taken

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a step towards that victory, he has the break in the opening set.

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Roger Federer, one of the sports stories of the year so far to see

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both of these players... Look at their seedings, 17 and nine. These

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guys haven't played, it's been six months since Roger Federer was out

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here. Nadal curtailed his last season with a bad wrist. We thought

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that was it, he's had so many physical problems. Knee surgery for

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Roger Federer, six months of and now they are in the final of the first

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Grand Slam of the year! No two players have contested more

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Grand Slam finals than these two. What a shot.

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Ten winners to one. He is taking the ball on. Big-time.

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What a game. You break to go for- three up, step up to the line

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thinking, don't mess it up... That was clinical. 27 minutes. And

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Federer has come out here with the intensity of old.

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STUDIO And two games later, Roger went on

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to serve out the set in style. Federer in fact only dropping one

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point on his first serve in that opener. So Roger takes the first set

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six games to four. Now we move onto the second set and we rejoin it with

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Nadal leading 1-0. well, the decibel level has gone up

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from Nadal. The clenched fist, is a chance at 0-30. Moving fine, after

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his brutal semifinal, over five hours begins Grigor Dimitrov. Not a

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lot of time for recovery but a couple of sleeps.

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Is anything into the Nadal forehand. You offer him a target and he will

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generally hit it. Should have made him play the ball, he will be

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thinking. Still, 15-30, he would have taken that at the start of the

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game. That is truly good fortune. 15-30, a

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dead net cord. Well, we've seen some of those net cords that have

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actually hit the net and gone over the baseline, so that one was pretty

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fortunate. But again! He picked the right spot, Nadal, on the Federer

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approach. 50-50. I don't really understand why Federer is going in

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on the left-hand side on the approach, the left-hander loves to

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put it down the line. So, here we go.

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Break point, a first. Just about three quarters of an hour played.

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Went in the forehand again. He fights it off.

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He as got a good backhand volley. Nadal very good with that one. He

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steered it a bit and gave Federer another shot at it. Almost had it.

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APPLAUSE And Nadal attacking the Federer

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backhand, lining it up with the top-spin, and it pays off. Over

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three quarters of an hour but the breakthrough is his at the beginning

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of the second set. And Federer is going to have to dig deep. One of

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the great surprises to Federer himself has been his physical energy

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levels, he has been fine. He's been out for six months! It's much

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different playing to practising in terms of what you have to give, but

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for Federer, the cadres are still good. Even after the match with

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Berdych, he was very clean and clinical and quick, but the match

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against Nishikori, he said he came back well after that. But this is a

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different order of test because of the emotions.

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It's the purity of the strike off the Federer racket today which has

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impressed so much. Keeping his weight low and going through the

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ball, the timing of it, it is like a forward defensive from Viv Richards

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rating to the boundary. It's the sound of the racket that is so

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impressive. Nadal making more errors than he would like. Break point.

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Two errors on the forehand side. The feet perhaps not working quite like

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they were, with Nadal wearing Federer down. We certainly didn't

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see those forehands in the set. His forehand was amazing. Maybe just

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trying to force the action. There is only so long you can keep doing

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that. One of the features of this

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Australian Open has been the speed of the court. And the tennis balls

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as well. It's been quicker than in previous years. The balls seem to

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get less fluffy and move quicker through the air and off the surface.

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Federer would like that. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Fantastic. What a volley that was. Against somebody normal, that

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passing shot probably would have been good enough, but what happened

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from Federer! The overhead a mere formality. It was the volley,

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unreal. He's probably never getting to that volley, let alone forcing it

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back that deep and forcing Nadal to put up the forehand lob. Brilliant

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point. LINE JUDGE: Out! Taxing rally for

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Federer. Just a little exhalation of air, he just turned away before he

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breathed out there. That is hard, physically. I just wonder, with 53

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minutes played, I know it's early doors, but how much is left in that

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tank? He'll be fine. LINE JUDGE: Out!

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UMPIRE: Advantage Nadal. One of the happiest sites in tennis,

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when you look down and you see a ball landing over your own baseline.

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Thank you! That is a way that Federer had his

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chances to get back level pegging, there, but Nadal has consolidated

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the break. Important game, 3-0 Nadal.

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STUDIO What a tussle, Nadal got ahead and

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then held on and here he is with a set point at 5-3. That arrow from

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Federer and now they are tied at one set all. We hope for a classic and

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this was building nicely. Let's see how set number three would unfold.

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What a lovely way to start the set. Exactly!

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This fearsome forehand. For five years ago it was the best shot in

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tennis. He lost a little bit of his potency, but he seems to have got it

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back now. Well, that was a surprise! He

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actually got the volley that he was looking for. It was perhaps dipping,

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was it any the height of the net? It was one that he will feel he should

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have made. A second serve? Having been 40-0 up, I'm worrying about his

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energy levels and the concentration, the whole thing, after six months

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out of the game. Keep an eye on it. 40-0 back to deuce. Yeah, it's a

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tank that might be saying no, get back to the petrol station. He was

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taking on board some nutrients about 15 minutes ago, ten minutes ago.

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Concentration... If he does flag, the crowd will be

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there to elevate him on their shoulders, I promise you. Something

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is not right now. The trouble is, you know that it's

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Nadal down the other end and he is moving to his forehand side and you

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think, better get there quick. Exactly. He just sort of took his

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eye off it a bit. Oh no! Two volley errors, two

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forehand errors. He had 40-0 in the game and he has also saved two break

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points. His first serve right now is what is helping him to hang in.

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APPLAUSE He can't keep doing that every time

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he gets break point down, can he? That was like, just give me one

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chance to get my racket on the ball... You can feel the ticks and

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the electricity running through Nadal. This is a big moment in this

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match. Well, it was a great ball. People

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thought it might be going out. The crowd on that backhand. But it's

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amazing, when you are down courtside and you watch these two players play

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and you see that top-spin, you do think the ball is going out and the

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last-minute the ball just drops. It's amazing, how many times you

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think it's going to go way out. That was something Steve McQueen

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would have been happy with, The Great Escape. He had 40-0 but also

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break points against. Federer holds, just.

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Riding the wave from the previous game when he managed to hold from

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multiple break points down, taking the ball early, feeling the

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adrenaline now. Any tips of energy seem to have disappeared from

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Federer. -- get. Magnificent backhand. Nadal

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continues to throw everything at him. Once again, the backhand, he is

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on top of it. Taking it as early as he can. That one was relatively

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simple for a man of his calibre. Coach to Roger Federer, he has

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clearly had a big impact here. He has worked with so many fine coaches

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in the past. They would certainly have said, do

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not allow the ball to play you, either on the wide serve like that

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or the hooked forehand. Don't let it rise up, take you off the playing

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surface. I don't believe that rally! That is

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a shot you cannot coach. There were about five of them in there, John.

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Exactly. The last one. Nadal smacked it so hard indeed. Unbelievable, to

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fit a clean winner from that position. Timing has to be so

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precise -- to hit. Suddenly Federer with a chance now. Break point.

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Federer just moved a little to his left. He was in the tramlines.

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Taking away Nadal's wide serve on the second. Nadal serves into the

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body. Federer rounds it down the centre of a court. What a

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fascinating match these two play. Federer seemingly out of gas in the

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previous games. The serve saved him in Game one of

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the set. Break points on the left side.

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Rafa Nadal that far back, any opponent will look at that and

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think, I will go ahead and volley. Too much court to cover from back

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there on the next shot. What a passage of play this has

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been. Break points down, big serves out wide to Nadal's forehand and now

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takes over this game. Fantastic, isn't it? The dog has -- Nadal is

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not going anywhere. His level will not change too much. But Federer has

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had a surge of power and energy to take the lead.

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SUE BARKER: Federer stayed in charge. He only had to save one

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break point. Here he is. Now the momentum very much with

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Federer. Roger just one set away from his 18th Grand Slam final. Two

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hours of play just over, we entered the fourth set and we rejoin it with

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Nadal leading 2-1. Nadal defending the backhand side.

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That half of the court was entirely open. Disappointing start for

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Federer. Something for Nadal to hook into here.

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And now 0-30. How quickly it happens, the start of the game is so

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big, so easy to get a little bit complacent. It is about the fifth

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time he has completely mis-hit forehand side.

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Fantastic recovery from Federer. The forehand from Nadal took over. He

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did well to hook it back. The foot speed of Nadal to get around

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beforehand. Two options, he can go the off forehand or down the line,

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pick the right shot. Big trouble now.

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And the tone was set on the very first point of that game, the

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forehand from Federer. After that, Nadal does not need a written

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invitation. Unable to find the magic to dig this service game out. I

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wonder if we are going five here. That would be something the sports

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world would enjoy. SUE BARKER: Nadal break serve and in

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the next game he holds 4-1 with possibly the point of the

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Championship. What a shock! Or most a squash shot

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from Rafa. Standing ovation from the crowd for both players after that

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and Rafa was right back in the match because he went on to take the

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fourth set 6-3. The two great champions, fitting finale at the

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Australian Open. It is quite fitting we go down out of the fifth and

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final set that would decide the Championship.

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ANDREW CASTLE: Three unforced errors from Nadal. Federer is going to need

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to find inspiration. Brilliant. Just refused to miss,

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Nadal. They played five five set matches. It is 3-2 to Nadal. He lost

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the last couple, Australian Open final here, and the great one at

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Wimbledon in 2008. It has been ten years since Federer

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beat Nadal in five sets. Ten years! Both players, there has to be

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fatigued, just because of the circumstances in getting to the

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finals. This is one set for the Australian Open, they will push

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through the pain barrier. Whatever it takes. They are both warriors.

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Wow, what a forehand. Nadal is about to strike an important blow, 15-40,

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two break points. Less time out for Rafa Nadal with

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the wrist injury. But time-out nevertheless.

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Glorious. He was looking at the forehand reverse to Nadal's forehand

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and he said, no, I will keep it there. Nadal tried everything to get

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Federer off-balance. He could not get enough on any of the shots to

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put Federer to defend. Once he gets the chance to take over, with that

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pace, the forehand, it is the weapon, it used to be just winners

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whenever he hit it. While it seemed to lack pace for a couple of years,

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now it is back to its best. No, it is a way! Take it easy, not

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home yet. But a break of serve. Right at the start of the fifth and

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deciding set. Nadal with his nose in front. When Federer was taking his

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time-out, Nadal was pretty much doing his laundry, jumping up and

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down, taking on carbohydrate gels and hydrating with various different

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fluids. Dad, coach, girlfriend. Agent. And he has had a big job to

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do over the preceding 43 hours before this match after a monster

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five set semifinal with regard it. He is the masseuse. -- with Grigor

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Dimitrov. He has recovered magnificently from that contest.

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Just count that errors from Nadal. Any sort of mistake, I think he is

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going to make very few. It is up to Federer. What can he

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find? He cannot look at the unforced error

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account in isolation. You have to look at the winners. It is the ratio

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that is crucial. Just a couple of those forehands

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from Nadal landing a bit short. He could not put it where the first

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time. The second time, that one lands a bit short. Getting it round

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the outside of the balls. He flicks the ball away crosscourt.

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He wouldn't still be thinking about that second point and the forehand

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halfway up the net, would he? 15-0. That was the crucial point in this

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game, an unusual mistake. Break point now, second one.

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Oh, you're kidding me! This is a tough ball to handle. One of those

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drills. The coaches, they have a basket of balls and they feed them

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into that area and Nadal has to run around it and whipped the forehands.

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He has done it thousands of times. Almost in his sleep.

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Oh, what a time for that! People say that the net cords, they always even

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out. No, doesn't matter how many there are, it is when they occur,

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crucial points. That was a big time for it to happen.

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How is that...? Federer hit the most brilliant return. He is thinking,

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OK, now I am going to be in a good position. And that is what happened

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to him! Nadal right away just hit the flick shot and put Federer right

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back under pressure. At break point down.

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That forehand on the line. First serve. Forehand. What a combination.

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He is setting up such an attack. Not opening the door.

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And that is away. Three break points saved in the second game of the

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fifth set after break. Really important holds. 2-0.

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SUE BARKER: Federer throwing everything at Nadal. Federer had

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another break point but still could not find a way to break Rafa's

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serve. Let us rejoin it with Rafa serving at 3-2.

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ANDREW CASTLE: That is a stunning rally from Federer to start off this

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service came from Nadal. 18 shots of pure quality, three or four times in

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that rally he was in trouble. The extra leg strength pushing himself

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to keep the ball deep. He took charge and exploded with a backhand

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again. He has hit that shot so well today.

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Fantastic length from Nadal in response.

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Phenomenal serve. Federated well to get the ball back in play. --

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Federer. He was so far off the court. Stabilised oneself with the

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right foot. He had to cover his backhand side. Nadal finding his

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target. No chance of him missing that one.

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Unusual, isn't it? The tension. Electing not to attack the Federer

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backhand. Did it dip in with the enormous paean on it, the top-spin?

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-- rpm. It is break point. Third game in a row. Nadal's serve.

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CHEERING That is scintillating. At 15-30, the

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wide serve, followed by the winning forehand. Break point down, body

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forehand serve, whack, goes away, this guy does not make mistakes on

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big points very often. Just marginally, Federer might have

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had the rub of the green when it comes to net cords so far.

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Nadal made a bit of room on the forehand side, left the crosscourt

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open, but you have got to hit it and it was a hammer blow. Another break

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point. And it is away this time Federer

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does breakthrough. APPLAUSE

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Standing ovation. In the middle of a set.

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Doesn't have to come right out of the

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He would love that. Another standing ovation, two straight games, the

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longest set of the match. I want a lot more of this, don't you?

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This is about the 14th round of a 15 round championship boxing match!

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They have been slugging each other for well over three hours now.

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Federer and Nadal. You couldn't possibly have picked this final

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after what they have both been through. 4-3 in the fifth set. Nadal

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has lost the last two Games. He was a break up.

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GP ball from Federer. He meant that. Well, that's just genius. No one

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else would have the imagination do hit that shot at this stage in the

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match. And also have the ability to do it!

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APPLAUSE It looks like it is 1-1 in the first

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set. Three hours and 24 minutes played.

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Oh! Pressure, tension. Well, if it's getting to Nadal, you know it's

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there. He can't believe it. Five points from the title.

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Rafa! UMPIRE: Thank you.

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CHUCKLES Look at the attitude!

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Oh! Well, he's gone for that shot in this match often, to conserve taking

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it early, but that one had a bit extra on it.

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Nadal double faulted early on in this game. That was a good second

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serve, well directed. Three straight now, back to deuce.

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Oh! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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That's one of the best points ever! Longest rally by miles and the Best

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by miles. That's ridiculous. Is that what you've got to do? No way.

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For the break point of the game coming up. -- the fourth break

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point. Oh! This is just awesome. You just

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knew that if this went to five sets they would play their best stuff in

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the fifth! That's just the way they are, two champions.

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The first four sets were just a measly starter, weren't they... This

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is the main course all right! Doesn't say much for his bad leg!

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He's just lying on adrenaline at the moment. -- so much for his bad leg!

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Look at the eyes. Fifth break point of this game.

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CHEERING And this time the breakthrough

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comes! And the umpire says new tennis balls. That is a big aid to

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Federer as he serves. For an 18th Grand Slam title. He hasn't won one

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of these, the eight's biggest prizes, since Wimbledon 2012, that

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memorable final with Murray. This was never going to happen, it

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couldn't happen. You can't take this much time off and do this. But

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nobody told him that. Just a -- vicious forehand is there

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from Nadal. The great Spaniard will not go away.

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The pace and spin... 0-30. That's just so good! No hesitation

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coming into the net. 30-15. He has to hit an ace just to

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win a point in this game so far. At different points Rafa has been quite

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devastating. Oh! I mean, that was a great

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forehand from Nadal. He kept it deep. How did Federer find that

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angle and that power from that position on the court? That was a

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good forehand by Rafa. Leg power, rotation of the hips.

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LINE JUDGE: Out! UMPIRE: Mr Federer is challenging

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the call on the service line. The ball was called out. Good Lord.

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Really? Nadal is not sure. He gets a good serve!

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Thank goodness for the electronic line calling.

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UMPIRE: Mr Federer is challenging the call on the service line. Well,

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if this is in committed that call affect Nadal's return? It is out,

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second serve. That one, by his standards, was a

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fairly comfortable forehand. The challenge was a strange one. After

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he missed that first serve, it was way out. He's nervous. Even the

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great ones, even the greatest get nervous.

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Not really nervous! Oh! Once again... Or he's nervous for about

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one second. Readjust and plays the ace. It is is 100th match at the

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Australian Open. Oh! Another one! He has rolled this

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forehand and Rafa is not sure, again. It is the match if it goes

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past and, if it's in. And that is it, it's going to be over! That is

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it! Federer wins the Australian Open and it is one of the sports stories

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of all time. It just couldn't happen! I'm not

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surprised by this. It is all about Roger Federer at

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this point but more, it is about both of them and what they have

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contributed to the game and to the sport. There has to be more from

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both of these players. The next time the tennis world gathers will Beer

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the French Open. -- will be at the French Open. Did he really believed

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he was going to come back and do this, even himself? I'm not so sure

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he did. Just an outstanding sportsman. Grand Slam number 18. He

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further extends his lead in the record books. At more than that,

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it's just about the heart and soul. That face, these achievements, that

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is why you practice, why you do what you do. Fantastic tennis match from

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Federer and Nadal, as we were hoping for.

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Ladies and gentlemen, our runner-up, Australian Open 2017, Rafael Nadal!

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How cruel the sport can be. You throw everything at your opponent,

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so close, 3-1 up in the fifth and final set. That will certainly play

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on his mind in the days to come. He received his runner-up trophy from

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the man this stadium is named after, Rod Laver. He is a class act and

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always so sporting in defeat. Well, good evening everybody. First

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of all I will just say can grudge relations to Roger and all his team.

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Just amazing, the way that he is playing after such a long time

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without being on the tour. It's just very difficult to make that happen.

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For sure, you have been working a lot to make that happen, so I feel

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very happy for you. I'm just going to keep trying now. I feel that I am

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back and at a very high level, so I want to keep fighting the whole

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season. Do have a great season and for sure to come back here for so

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many years. To have this trophy with me. It is the third time that I have

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this. It is beautiful, but... But that trophy is still much better!

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Thank you very much everybody. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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And now the holder of 18 Grand Slam singles titles and the 2017 champion

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of the Australian Open, Roger Federer.

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I'm out of words and Rafa said so many great things, but of course I

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would like to also congratulate Rafa on an amazing comeback. I don't

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think either one of us thought we were going to be in the finals of

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Australia when we sought each other at the Academy four or five months

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ago. And here we stand in the finals. I'm happy for you and I'm

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happy to -- I would have been happy to lose too, to be honest. The

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comeback was perfect as it was. Tennis is a tough sport, there's no

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draws, but if there was going to be one, I would have been very happy to

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except one tonight and share it with Rafa, really. I know everybody says

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they work very hard, I did the same, I really tried not to shout about it

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because we have got some serious legends and toughest guys in the

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game like Rafa here tonight. But I would just like to thank my team

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because it has been a different last six months, let's the honest. I

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wasn't sure if I was going to make it here, but here I am and we've

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made it, so I would just like to thank you guys. Thank you. Thank you

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for being here tonight, with your presence, it means so much more.

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Thanks again for everything, to everybody. And of course I hope to

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see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here and I couldn't

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be more happy tonight. Thank you very much, guys. Well, the speeches

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were as impressive as the tennis, but what an absolute classic. We

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talked about this being the dream final, and will it live up to the

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billing? It more than lived up to the billing, it was one of their

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classic encounters. It's a shame for Rafa, Andrew, isn't it? He threw

:24:51.:24:55.

everything at Roger. I think Rafa was absolutely amazed to lose that.

:24:56.:25:00.

You lost the last five games playing quite well! Just one or two points

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here and there he might have done something slightly differently. You

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could see him at the prizegiving ceremony going through it in his

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brain, added he lose this match? How did he lose those five games? The

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answer is it was just inspiration from this magnificent sportsman.

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Trying to put this into some sort of perspective is from the only thing I

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can think of, Jack Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters, 24 years or so after

:25:25.:25:28.

he won his first major championship, shooting a 30 on the back nine to

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win the Masters at the age of 46. I consider this to be right up there

:25:34.:25:37.

with one of those great sports achievements. He is 35, hasn't

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played for six months, fitness was obviously a question. He had surgery

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on the knee and he comes back and it's all very well hitting his shots

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but hitting them when you need them and having the clarity of thought

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without any self-doubt, it was very impressive. It's one of the sports

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stories of the year, is it even February yet? Not even of the year,

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maybe ever! Nobody expected him to come back and it's great for the

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game, isn't it? I've been reading through a lot of the newspapers

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worldwide and everyone was stopping to watch this for what they mean to

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the sport. Everyone was wanting this final and they didn't to happen. You

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look at the beginning of the year and you are thinking Djokovic and

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Murray, they are above everyone else. Now you've got Nadal and

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Federer back in the mix! You've got Nadal coming up to the French Open,

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he's favourite, and why not Federer for Wimbledon now on the grass? He

:26:33.:26:38.

could take four months off and go in without another tournament! He was

:26:39.:26:42.

pretty successful here. You look at the Williams sisters and Rafa,

:26:43.:26:45.

planning their schedule, this could be a -- a game changer for the

:26:46.:26:54.

sport. He is now on 18, Serena is on 23 and one behind Margaret Court. It

:26:55.:26:59.

illustrates the era we are watching. Andy Murray is world one right now

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and he's got to fight these sort of guys off. It's captivating. And then

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and Kyle doing very well and Johanna Konta as well. But just rewind that

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last 20 minutes and that is how good you have to be. We were talking

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about Djokovic catching Federer, or Rafa catching Federer on 18 titles.

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It's going to be tough. He was absolutely shattered. For anyone to

:27:38.:27:40.

catch Roger Federer now, I don't think so. You look at the fitness

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from Roger his third five set match during this tournament. Fitness

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wise, he's right back there, isn't he? It tells you a lot about

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managing your schedule. Take six months off. There's always the

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argument about fitness versus rashness. He came back because he

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wanted to play. The motivation is still to hit the ball. The money

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ceased to be an issue when he won his first slam 15 years ago beating

:28:08.:28:11.

Mark Philippoussis at Wimbledon. It's about the joy of hitting the

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ball and feeling fresh for the challenge each time, in direct

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contrast to Andy at the moment who has been playing so much. Going to

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be a fascinating year, isn't it? Andy and John, thank you very much.

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That's it for the day that we have more tennis coming up for you next

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week. We have Canada against Great Britain and it is live coverage from

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Ottawa and we will be there on Friday from 8pm on the red button.

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That is it, what a final we have had in Melbourne. Shame there has to be

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one winner only. That was Roger. He is a legend and his legend grows and

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grows. COMMENTATOR: Federer wins the

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Australian Open! It is one of the sports stories of all

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Sue Barker introduces extended highlights of the men's singles final from Melbourne Park, where Roger Federer faces Rafa Nadal.

Great Britain's Sir Andy Murray went into the year's opening Grand Slam as world number one and top seed for the first time. The runner-up at this tournament in five of the past seven years, he would likely need to dethrone nemesis and six-time winner Novak Djokovic in order to finally become champion.

Commentary by Andrew Castle and John Lloyd.