Ladies and gentlemen! The stage is set for two of the best tennis athletes of this generation to go toe to toe, as the 2019 Australian Open (AO) will conclude with the final showdown between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Spain's Rafael Nadal on Sunday, 27th January 2019.
On Thursday, Nadal looked locked in as he won what looked like a very simple semi-final against the Greek marvel Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was probably the biggest surprise of the tournament this year as he defeated the great Roger Federer in four sets in the Round of 16. Ever since the first game, Nadal was looking for the corners to position his shots and to wear down his opponent through the three-set victory.
While, on the other hand, Djokovic too looked at home competing against France's Pouille in the semi-final on Friday against France's Lucas Pouille. It was as if Djokovic took control of the French from the first set, dictating his every move with a shot of his own. After winning 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, Djokovic has eyes set on what will be his seventh AO title.January 25, 2019
However, there's only one man standing between the Serbian and his 15th Grand Slam and that is the 17x Grand Slam champion specimen of pure strength, the Spanish bull, Rafael Nadal. In the past, the competition between Djokovic (World Rank 1) and Nadal (World Rank 2) has been pretty even as Novak has won 27 games out of the 52 matchups while Nadal has won the remaining 25.
This match is going to be a recap of one of the most memorable AO finals, which is recorded as the longest Grand Slam Final match ever. Held in 2012, the match between the two tennis stars lasted for almost six hours and was ultimately won by Djokovic in five entertaining sets with a final score 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5, in favour of Novak.
However, in what is considered to be a comeback tournament for Nadal, who has basically reinvented his game, depending more on technique than power and a new serve, we believe that the odds are stacked in favour of the Spaniard.
If Nadal does manage to win against the current World Rank No. 1, it would be his first AO title in 10 years and second overall.