With Djokovic and Murray having been sent to the exits, the Men’s final of the Australian Open is beginning to take shape, with anticipation building for a Federer v Nadal final that would prove popular with those who tend toward nostalgia.
At this point, the possibility represents Federer’s best opportunity in several years to add to his record 17 Grand Slam titles. Likewise, it would give Nadal the opportunity to increase his tally to 15 and climb within two of Federer.
Since Nada and Federer are on opposite sides of the draw, there need be no concern about a premature meeting in the quarter or semifinals, so hopes of the two veterans meeting for all the marbles are realistic.
Nadal needed four sets to get past number six seeded Gael Monfils. He will have to get past boom serving Milos Raonic to advance to the semis, and the always-generous Nadal has tipped Raonic as a number one ranked player for the near future.
Federer was extended to five sets, but was successful in getting past Kei Nishikori after the two men slugged it out. The win by Federer was his 200th career victory over an opponent ranked in the top 10.