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The match is set to start at 8.30am GMT. Live coverage is available on British Eurosport and Eurosport HD. Radio commentary will be available on BBC radio 5 Live and on the official Australian open website.
Federer has never beaten Nadal at the Australian Open in their three previous meetings with their 2009 final which the Spaniard won in five sets considered to be one of the if not the greatest match witnessed on Rod Laver Arena thus far. However, the speedy nature of the courts this year could favour the Swiss ace, despite his poor record in their overall clashes on hard courts.
Their last meeting in a Grand Slam final was at the French Open in 2011 when the Spaniard won in four sets. Despite them not having come up against each other at the highest stage they were never out of contention. Nadal was ranked number one in the world as recent as 2014 and Federer has made three Grand Slam finals and four semi-finals in the last three years.
Both the players admitted that they never expected to find themselves facing each other on the final day of the 2017 Australian Open. Federer described it as ‘unreal’ when it was out to him that he could face Nadal in the final, and the latter was simply thankful that they had another chance to compete at this level and perhaps script another epic that lasts long in the memory of all involved in the sport.
“What I’ve come to realise is when you don’t feel well, when you have too many problems going on, you just won’t beat top-ten players.