Rafa Roundup: January 24, 2014


… World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final after defeating Roger Federer 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 in a stunning display on Friday night in Melbourne.

… Nadal won the Australian Open in 2009, beating Roger Federer in the final. Should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday night, he would be the third man in history (Rod Laver, Roy Emerson) to win every Grand Slam singles title at least twice.

… He played the way he usually plays, competed the way he usually competes. But that can scarcely be described as “normal.”

… “Let’s just appreciate what we’re watching. It’s hard to compare the numbers and the eras, where we all did our thing.”

… I always find it difficult to accept that Roger Federer can be the greatest player of all time yet have been second-best to someone for so much of his career… My heart tells me Wawrinka will take at least a set off Rafa, simply because he is playing so well – but the head says Rafa in three.

…  I don’t know how to explain you guys.  It’s totally different playing Rafa over anybody else.  Playing Murray or Rafa is day and night. It’s not because of the level necessarily, but it’s just every point is played in a completely different fashion and I have to totally change my game. No excuse.

VIDEOS: Highlights, hotshot, interviews: Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final!

ICYMI: Poll: Will Rafael Nadal bite another Australian Open trophy?


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  5. Mike Wilbon said it a couple of years ago already–and he’s not necessarily a tennis guy. If there can only be one greatest (THE greatest)….makes you think.

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