Australian Open 2014: Day 12 wrap up – Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in straight sets to enter the final
Day 12 saw a much anticipated contest between two great rivals/friends, the top-seeded Rafael Nadal went up against the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer in the Semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open. But contrary to expectations this one wasn’t a long-lasting and up and down battle between the two greats and the World Number1 went past Roger Federer with much ease in straight sets winning 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3.
In what was the day’s only major clash in singles, Roger Federer, who looked like he’s finally playing his best tennis for over a year and half now reminding some people of his golden days from a few years back, went against a very aggressive and competitive Spaniard who was clearly the better player on the day. The pair’s head-to-head record now stands at 23-10 in Nadal’s favor and he did suffering from an excruciating blister on his hand prior to the semifinal.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair with the Swiss player occasionally choosing to go with an odd serve-and-volley approach which was quite successful most times too. Having each held their respective serves throughout the first set it was a tie-breaker that decided the set in the Spaniard’s favor winning it 7-4.
The second set finally saw the first break of serve of the match and it was Roger Federer’s serve that was broken thanks to Nadal’s relentless retrieving and a huge credit to Roger Federer’s unforced errors too. Infact, it seemed like Roger Federer’s unforced errors were a result of the pressure that Nadal had put on the former world number 1.
A similar trend continued in the third set with Nadal breaking the Federer serve early on in the set but Roger Federer finally managed to break the Nadal serve within the next 2 games to bring it back on serve. Federer’s unforced errors and Nadal’s relentless perseverance eventually got the better of the Swiss and with his 47th unforced error Federer handed the 3rd set and the match to Rafael Nadal.
Nadal will next face the Swiss Prodigy, Stanislas Wawrinka and for the Swiss tennis fans there’s still hope of a Swiss being crowned the Australian Open. But will he? He’ll have our answers on Sunday.
Australian Open 2014: Day 12 wrap up - Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in straight sets to enter the final
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