Sunday, February 1, 2009

Nadal Beats Federer In The Australian Open Final

It's starting to look like Federer's never going to be able to beat Nadal again in a major. Nadal needed five sets and over four hours, but he still thwarted Federer's bid for his 14th major title. Here's how the match went down according to

Rafael Nadal held off Roger Federer in another momentum-swinging five-set final to win the Australian Open, keeping the Grand Slam singles record safe for now.

After coming through the longest match in the tournament's history to reach the championship match, Nadal needed 4 hours, 23 minutes Sunday to win it 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2.

Federer, who was trying to equal Pete Sampras' record 14 major titles, has now lost to Nadal the last three times they've met in Grand Slam finals.

The 22-year-old Nadal, who has four consecutive titles on clay at Roland Garros and beat Federer on grass in a five-set epic at Wimbledon last year, became the first Spaniard to win the Australian title.

Nadal beat Federer in the last French Open and Wimbledon finals and replaced him at No. 1 last August after winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Federer saved two championship points from 15-40 in the eighth game of the fifth set but sent a forehand long on the third match point.

Nadal flopped onto his back, then got up and raced to shake hands.


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