Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Nadal humbles Federer in Melbourne  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 26/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) MELBOURNE: Hard reality crushed a fairytale revival at Melbourne Park as a ruthless Rafa Nadal inflicted more grand slam agony on Roger Federer with a straight-sets rout on Friday that booked his third Australian Open final


New coach, new racket and a new broom for Federer amounted to little against the irrepressible Spaniard, who simply dominated to win 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 on a breezy night at Rod Laver Arena


Not since the 2007 Wimbledon final has Nadal rolled over to his great rival Federer, and his sixth straight win in grand slams over the Swiss was among his most devastating


Brushing off a crater-like blister on his racket hand, Nadal roared through in just in two hours and 24 minutes and conceded only two break points as he set up the title-decider against Federer’s compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka


“I played well tonight. I played probably my best match of the tournament,” Nadal told reporters after reaching his 19th grand slam final, equal second all-time with Ivan Lendl behind Federer


“So very, very, very happy for this great news that I played my best match in that semi-final against Roger


“I hit a few passing shots today that if ... you are not quick and playing with confidence, you cannot hit those shots.” Injury and illness have blighted Nadal’s recent campaigns Down Under, but the rollicking victory put the Spaniard in the box seat for a long-awaited second title after his 2009 triumph at Melbourne Park


For 32-year-old Federer, it was deja vu, and a stinging reality check after an encouraging run


Slumping to 23-10 in his head-to-head record with Nadal, the loss was his first in straight sets in the majors against the Spaniard since the 2008 French Open, and continued his winless streak against him on grand slam hardcourts, the most democratic of surfaces


The chip-and-charge game honed under mentor Stefan Edberg had helped him humble Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and fourth seed Andy Murray, but it came crashing head-long into Nadal’s left-hand forehand, invariably coming off second best


There was no succour from the baseline either, as Nadal marshaled his brilliant defenses and counter-punched with a dizzying array of winners


In the face of all evidence, Federer denied the Spaniard had the ability to get into his head


“Not necessarily. I enjoy playing against him because it’s always going to be on center court, it’s always going to be a big story going into the match,” the 17-times grand slam champion told reporters


“So that’s kind of what you train hard for. That’s where you want to be


“I mean, it’s not as cool when you lose in straight sets


“Wish I could have won here tonight and then given an all-Swiss final ... That’s something I’ll regret, you know, for a long time.” A runaway victory seemed an absurdity early, though, as the pair parried and probed in the opening games


Although gradually chipping away at Federer’s serve, Nadal’s was impenetrable and he challenged the Swiss to take him down in a tiebreak


Throwing his opponent from side to side, the Spaniard raised his game to play it on his terms, roaring to a 5-1 lead and closing it out when Federer sent an increasingly shaky backhand sailing past the baseline


Rattled, Federer complained to the chair umpire about the Spaniard’s grunting during rallies, as if stifling his opponent’s volume might quell his firepower


An outrageous cross-court passing shot gave Nadal break points at 3-2 in the second set and he smacked an inside-out forehand to leave Federer in deep trouble


Surviving a small wobble on serve to close out the set, Nadal captured the decisive break in the third at 3-3 and broke the Swiss again to close out the match when shell-shocked Federer shanked a forehand long


Nadal punched his left fist into the night sky and roared in triumph while a demoralized Federer gave a cursory wave before trudging to the exit


Aptly, 28-year-old Wawrinka, who has long lived in Federer’s shadow, will have a chance to avenge his compatriot’s loss. His impressive run to his first major final has also ensured he will surpass Federer in the world rankings for the first time


Earlier on Friday, top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy produced a great escape as they beat Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to retain their women’s doubles title


The Russian third seeds led 5-2 in the decider before Errani and Vinci roared back to clinch their fourth grand slam title and retain their world No.1 ranking


Attention now turns to the women’s singles final on Saturday, as Chinese fourth seed Li Na bids to win her first title at Melbourne Park in her third final against the giant-killing Slovakian, Dominika Cibulkova.


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 22 2014 - Scottsdale Accident Lawyer Weighs in on Child Sports InjuryMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Scottsdale Accident LawyerWith at least 20 million children involved in organized sports activities injuries are very likely to occur. What legal options do parents have in cases of ...

 Aug 22 2014 - The bac rac Outstanding Innovation in Back Pain Relief raises 15k on KickstarterMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) bac rac the outstanding innovation in back pain relief has successfully raised 100% of its funding target in just over 2 weeks on Kickstarter the crowd funding website.bac rac has ...

 Aug 22 2014 - San Diego Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals Offers 50% Discount to End the Summer SeasonMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) To celebrate the end of a wonderful summer season and the start of a new school year San Diego Segway Tours by Wheel Fun Rentals is offering a 50 percent off coupon to anyone who ...

 Aug 22 2014 - Ortho Back-Up Launches a New Episode on their Weekly Tips to Prevent Back PainMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Ortho Back-Up has launched a new episode on their Weekly Tips to Prevent Back Pain. The upcoming 6th episode is entitled Stretches for Your Back. This new episode is sure to give ...

 Aug 22 2014 - MrQuickPick Launches RideShare Partner ProgramMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) MrQuickPick the multiple award winning national car unlocking service has announced the commencement of their Partner Program that enables qualified Lyft and Uber drivers to offer ...

 Aug 22 2014 - Saudi - Agriculture sector advances 1.3Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Saudi stock market continued its positive movement and managed a fourth straight rise on Wednesday accumulating more than 56 points.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) set out ...

 Aug 22 2014 - 20 Most Popular Family Cruise ShipsConsumer Reviews Reveal Most Popular Cruise ShipsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Built in 2009 the Oasis of the Seas and her sister ship the Allure of the Seas are the largest cruise ships afloat. At a cost of $1.4 billion apiece these floating palaces weigh about ...

 Aug 22 2014 - Hollande: France armed Syrian rebels 'a few months ago'Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) SAINT-PIERRE France: President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that France had delivered weapons to rebels battling the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad 'a few months ago.'The ...

 Aug 22 2014 - Europeans in push for new UN resolution on GazaArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) UNITED NATIONS: Britain France and Germany have put forward key points of a new UN Security Council resolution on Gaza in a fresh bid to end six weeks of violence diplomats said ...

 Aug 22 2014 - Saudi - Woman kicked fined for trying to enter giraffe penArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MILWAUKEE: A California woman who got kicked in the face after trying to climb into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo has paid a fine and apologized.Police say 24-year-old ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help