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Nadal versus Djokovic – Who will win?

One thing for sure is that we’ll see a fantastic match of tennis in Sunday’s Australian Open final. What are the points to consider in who will win? Here is how they stand:

In Nole’s favour:

- “Owned” Rafa in 2011, destroying him in six finals, dropping only three sets

- Has won twice at Australian Open, making this his most successful Major

- Undisputed Number One, riding high on confidence

- Superb all round game, his serve and backhand are superior to Nadal’s, and is able to match him in defensive play. Spectacular form in attacking from the base line.

In Rafa’s favour:

- Despite the memory of 2011, still leads the head to head 16-13. Rafa remembers beating Djokovic, if not the 2011 model Djokovic

- An extra rest day, with a relatively easy 4 set win compared to Nole’s almost five hour marathon finishing 43 hours before final time

- Ten Grand Slams, 14 finals – superior experience when it comes to the crunch of five set Majors

- Enormous confidence boost from a fantastic win over Fed in the semis.

- The guy you just cannot grind down over five sets, the rough and tumble spirit of body and mind that will see him win

Yes, I pick Rafa to win this one, and start a great year with Majors in Australia, France, and possibly Wimbledon.

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Australian Open Final – Nadal vs Djokovic

UPDATE: Result, Nadal lost to Djokovic in the longest final in Grand Slam history, finally going down to 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5. Congratulations to both, and especially Nole for this tremendous performance which will surely go down in history as one of the very best tennis matches ever.

Nadal leads 16-13 in the head despite losing six finals on the trot to Djokovic in 2011.

So who will win? Here are my keys to the match, and of course, I come out with Rafa on top :) .

Below are the best links for free TV streams over internet that we could find in our wide scan and evaluation of various sources. We do our best to check these and update these as the games start, so do hit refresh in your browser from time to time.

Australian Open Final- Live  TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic, Sunday, 7:30pm (8:30am GMT)

Option 1 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Australian Open – Live TV – Spanish
Option 3 – Australian Open – Live TV – English

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Australian Open – Djokovic vs Murray

UPDATE: result – Novak Djokovic scraped past Andy Murray, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the final where he will play Rafael Nadal on Sunday

Defending champion, Novak Djokovic must surely now rate as the hot favourite given his 2011 form and the 6-4 lead in the head to head, but Andy Murray has had a running start to the year and could represent a tough hurdle for the Serb.

The same pair met in last year’s final, with Djokovic overcoming Murray in straight sets (6-4, 6-2, 6-3).

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Australian Open Semifinals- Live  TV Streams (Free)

Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray, Friday, not before 7:30pm (8:30am GMT)

Option 1 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 3 – Australian Open – Live TV – English

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Australian Open – Nadal vs Federer

UPDATE: Result – in a sensational semifinal, Rafael Nadal looked back at his very best as he overcame his great rival Roger Federer, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4. Rafa will play either Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.

Incredibly though, they have met just once at the Australian Open – that epic match from 2009 when Nadal beat Federer in five sets – the first time Rafa had won a hard court Grand Slam title.

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Australian Open Semifinals- Live  TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer, Thursday, not before 7pm (8am GMT)

Option 1 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 3 – Australian Open – Live TV – English

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Australian Open – Federer vs Del Potro, Nadal vs Berdych

Juan Martin Del Potro - Link to ATP Profile

UPDATE: Result – Roger Federer beat Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 and Rafael Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. Nadal vs Federer semi time! :)

Roger Federer plays Juan Martin Del Potro, who seems to be somewhere near the peak of the form he was in before a year or more of troublesome injuries. Before those injuries, he’d beaten Fed twice in a row, though the overall count is against him – 7 matches to 2.

Rafael Nadal will play Tomas Berdych, who he leads 10-3 in the head to head, having won the last seven matches between the two… hopefully a good omen that, knee-permitting, Rafa can progress to the semifinals for the first time in 3 years.

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Australian Open – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs Juan Martin Del Potro, not before 2:30pm local time (3:30am GMT)

Rafael Nadal vs Tomas Berdych, 7:30pm local time (8:30am GMT)

Option 1 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 3 – Australian Open – Live TV – English

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Australian Open – Nadal vs Lopez, Federer vs Tomic

UPDATE: Results – Rafael Nadal beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 and Roger Federer beat Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

Rafael Nadal has an 8-2 lead in the head to head over Feliciano Lopez, and although this will be a tougher match than he has had so far, hopefully he can change up a gear and progress.

Roger Federer will play young Australian Bernard Tomic for just the second time, having seen him off last year in the Davis Cup tie between their two countries. On that occasion Tomic showed a lot of promise, taking the third set from Federer before losing in four sets.

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Australian Open – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Feliciano Lopez, second match on Rod Laver, probably after 12 midday local time (1am GMT)

Roger Federer vs Bernard Tomic, 7pm local time (8am GMT)

Option 1 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Australian Open – Live TV – Spanish
Option 3 – Australian Open – Live TV – English

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Australian Open – Nadal vs Lacko, Federer vs Karlovic

UPDATE – Results: Rafael Nadal beat Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 and Roger Federer beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 7-5, 6-3

Rafael Nadal will play the Slovak, Lukas Lacko for the third time, having dropped just a set (albeit a “donut” at Qatar last year) in their two previous matches.

Roger Federer on the other hand has a more difficult match against the big serving Croat, Ivo Karlovic. Fed has only lost once in the ten occasions that the two have met previously.

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Australian Open – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Lukas Lacko, 11am local time (midnight GMT)

Roger Federer vs Ivo Karlovic, immediately following Nadal’s match

Option 1 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Australian Open – Live TV – Spanish
Option 3 – Australian Open – Live TV – English

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Australian Open – Nadal vs Kuznetsov, Federer vs Kudryavtsev

Alex Kuznetsov - Link to ATP Profile

UPDATE – Results – Rafael Nadal beat Alex Kuznetsov 6-6, 6-1, 6-1, Roger Federer beat Alexander Kudryatavtsev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal will play American Alex Kuznetsov for the first time. Should he win, he will face a challenging draw that could see him meet Roger Federer in the semifinals – provided he can make it that is, past the likes of Tommy Haas, Ivan Ljubicic, John Isner, and Tomas Berdych to name just a few potential opponents.

Roger Federer’s first opponent, strangely enough, has a strikingly similar name and rank – though unlike Rafa’s opponent, Alexander Kudryatavtsev is a Russian citizen. Should he win, Fed’s next opponents could include Andreas Beck, Jurgen Melzer, Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Mardy Fish before, we hope, Rafa in the semis.

Looming in the final could be (amongst many other great players) the great Novak Djokovic or the perennial British hope, Andy Murray.

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Australian Open – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Alex Kuznetsov, fourth match on the Hisense Arena court, probably after about 5:00pm local (6am GMT)

Roger Federer vs Alexander Kudryavtsev, 7pm local time (8am GMT on Tues)

Option 1 – Australian Open – Live TV – English
Option 2 – Australian Open – Live TV – Spanish
Option 3 – Australian Open – Live TV – English

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Australian Open – Nadal and Federer too old and tired?

There has been a lot of speculation that this will be the year (again) of Novak Djokovic or even a quickly improving, Lendl-coached Andy Murray. But Melbourne is about to prove the doubters wrong.

Rafael Nadal has had a mixed start to the season, showing some good form in the early rounds in Qatar before succumbing to a fired up Monfils in the semis. He has complained of a sore shoulder, and admitted to a flagging state of mental readiness in the latter part of 2011.

But the Davis Cup gave him an injection of fun and morale, and he has less to defend or prove in the early stages of 2011.

I expect to see him coming out firing and surprise many by reaching the final.

Roger Federer is now well past 30, and has not won a Grand Slam for over a year. Unusual indeed, but he looked great at the end of last year, and once again, can come out with little to prove and everything to play for.

I pick him to make semis, and if he can make it past whoever the draw throws at him there (Nadal, Djokovic or Murray probably) then I could see him claiming the title.

Draw is coming Friday 13th, looking forward to it and the ensuing action!

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Qatar – Federer vs Tsonga, Nadal vs Monfils

UPDATE – Results: Federer had to withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury while Rafa Nadal lost to an inspired Gael Monfils (3-6, 4-6) who will now meet Tsonga in an all-French final.

Roger Federer’s semifinal is against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who he leads 8-3 in the head to head.

Rafael Nadal will then play another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, who he similarly dominates – leading 8-1 in the matches they have played.

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Qatar – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4:30pm local time (1:30pm GMT)
Rafael Nadal vs Gael Monfils, immediately following, probably after 6:00pm local (3pm GMT)

Option 1 – Qatar – Live TV – Spanish
Option 2 – Qatar – Live TV – Spanish
Option 3 – Qatar – Live TV – English

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