Super excited for the upcoming Australian Open men’s final on Saturday, between #1 ranked Novak Djokovic and #2 Rafael Nadal. As this is a consistent rematch, it promises to make some great tennis.
Djokovic is coming off a once-in-a-lifetime 2011, putting up numbers that seem inconceivable. I was watching SportCenter’s pre-final coverage, and they put up a stat that showed Nadal beating Djokovic nearly 2 to 1. I had to chuckle at that “fact,” since those numbers don’t clearly display how completely dominated Nadal has been since Djokovic entered his top-level tennis a few years back. Nadal himself even admitted that Djoker was in his head, and he looked very anguished at the losses he’s been taking from the new #1.
I do hope Djoker wins, and I think he has the tools, ammo, and skill to do it. I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of Rafa, but if there is a way for him to beat Djokovic, I’m convinced Rafa will find it. Even if you don’t care for any other part of Nadal’s game, his careful studies – first to learn to take down Federer – put him in a category where nothing seems to outwit him for long. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if Nadal had concocted some new game plan to take revenge for his previous year’s losses.
Either way, should be great tennis.