Australian Open tennis greats divided on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal 2017

Australian Open: tennis greats divided on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Federer-Nadal Australian Open ultimate – how the greats see it:

Rod Laver: “I’m actually not judging if one is favoured over the opposite as a result of each know one another’s recreation. If he serves effectively, possibly Roger has an edge. However I couldn’t go a lot additional than that as a result of I don’t know. If you take a look at Nadal’s forehand whipped into Roger’s backhand, I do know that Roger mentioned just a few years in the past: ‘I’ve bought to do one thing’. So he acquired a larger-headed racquet and a bit bit extra energy in weight so now, when there’s this heavy topspin is available in, he gained’t must slice it as a lot, which permits Nadal to get round it and be aggressive with that forehand slightly extra.”

Roy Emerson: “Each time I choose Federer as a result of he’s my favorite. He’s serving awfully nicely and, when he serves effectively, he’s tough over 5 units. Rafa is in nice bodily form and he’s additionally troublesome over 5 units. With Federer taking a medical break after two units, nobody is aware of how he’s [physically].”


John Newcombe: “Roger’s recreation fits Rafa, however he does have an all-court recreation, Roger, and he’s acquired to convey that to the desk. He’s bought to serve and volley 30% of the time on his first serve; he’s bought to do quite a lot of little slice backhands; he’s bought to maintain altering up what he does.”

Lleyton Hewitt: “The match-up definitely fits Rafa barely extra however how is he going to bounce again from that [five-hour semi-final]? It was so taxing and gruelling on his physique. Roger’s going to should throw within the serve-volley attacking tennis however the court docket and the balls this yr enjoying barely faster actually performs into Roger’s arms.”

Pat Rafter: “Most likely Rafa, however I don’t understand how a lot final evening has taken out of him and I’ve to think about quite a bit. And I don’t know the way Federer is both. All of it relies on how these guys pull up. They could possibly be simply shattered. Roger’s acquired to be sore. I actually don’t understand how they’re going to be and the way they’re going to really feel. Typically having a two-day break shouldn’t be nice both. You’re kind of shedding momentum. I’d wish to see Federer change a number of issues up in his recreation if he desires to beat Rafa; be barely extra aggressive, come into the online a bit extra.”

Pat Money: “Every part factors to Roger. A quick hardcourt, night time time is ideal for Federer. Decrease-bouncing balls this 12 months is ideal for Federer. He’s recent, completely made for Federer. The one factor is Rafa’s acquired him within the head. That’s the one query mark.”

Mark Philippoussis: “Truthfully, it’s like a coin toss. I’m going to take 52% Roger and 48 Nadal possibly, simply if I needed to decide somebody. If anybody may have overwhelmed Federer when he was on a roll, it was Nadal. However I simply really feel like with the quicker situations of the courts, Federer can be trying to benefit from that and getting in every time attainable and profiting from that web play.”

Darren Cahill: “Each guys reside the dream. I don’t assume both of their coronary heart of hearts thought they’d get again to a males’s last and definitely to not be taking part in one another. Face to face, it’s a must to lean in the direction of Rafa however then, with the break, you need to lean in the direction of Roger. There are such a lot of variables. If I needed to go one over the opposite, I’d go barely Rafa nevertheless it wouldn’t shock me to see Roger come out on prime. He’s including to his legacy within the recreation and, if he does beat Rafa, I’m unsure there can be too many single performances that will fee increased.”

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