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The Best Reaction To An Extraordinary Federer/Nadal Clash In Australia

The Best Reaction To An Extraordinary Federer/Nadal Clash In Australia
By Gavin Cooney
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If this is to be the final act in the sprawling sporting epic of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, then it was fitting. Both took turns to wreathe it in their own, bespoke glory: Federer's serene joust took the first and third sets, Nadal's incorrigible brilliance took the second and the fourth, as if both were taking turns to uphold their duty to everyone to take this remarkable rivalry to a fifth set.

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They did exactly that, and the fifth set proved to have a healthy contempt for momentum: Nadal broke Federer in the first game of the fifth set, only for Federer to battle back and break him twice in games five and seven. Nadal tried heroically to stem the tide in the final game, with Federer serving for the Championship, but in the end, Federer ghosted further into legend.

Here is the moment hawk-eye confirmed Federer's final return had kissed the chalk, and his eighteenth Grand Slam victory was confirmed:

Here is some of the best reaction to an edifying event:

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