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I started off very well and relaxed from then on.”Despite his dominance in 2017, Federer doesn't rate his chances of catching Nadal in their head-to-head record.“It's not going to happen. We ranked too good so we play each other only in finals at the moment You can't win them all against Rafa, to be honest. Federer took advantage of three of seven break point opportunities in the match to snap Nadal's 16-game winning streak, which included his China Open victory last week.
Federer, who has won the last five encounters between the pair dating back to the 2015 Basel final, also beat Nadal in the Australian Open final, a round of 16 match at Indian Wells and the Miami final this year.“Have been a very difficult match for me,” Nadal said.
Yet Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, simultaneously crafting the most astonishing comebacks of their careers, together conducted a global tutorial in how to compete, win, project strength and earn millions without embarrassing themselves, bullying subordinates or belittling opponents. Fewer males, anywhere, handled being "alpha" with such class.
This year, though, Federer and Nadal's mutual regard stood out like never before.
Call it civility or respect or the understanding that genius is only truly understood by genius: It may well end up being the "Fedal" rivalry's most lasting legacy.
"As a parent, I look at them and think, That's kind of what I'd like my children to be," Annacone says. In terms of sense of one's self, their sense of appreciation for what they get to do. It's so rare in sports to see two rivals who are able to approach their careers in that fashion—purely—that it catches all of us off guard.
Sure, it seems odd that a pro sports championship, with its stark delineation of winners and losers, could provide a lesson in how not to approach every argument or game as zero-sum.
Yet that was the feeling at the 2017 Australian Open men's final.