TAG: Rafa vs Roger again

by Henk Abbink

We can safely assume I am speaking for the entire ‘Tennis Universe’, when I state that this is THE Australian Open Final we all hoped and rooted for and can’t wait to watch!

This is one of tennis’ most amazing competitions, rivalries and, both on and off court, friendships. There has been a bond and mutual respect between these two of the all-time best players, from the very first time they met in Miami (Key Biscayne) at the Nasdaq Masters in 2004. There I witnessed the, then 17-year-young Next-Gen, Spaniard almost embarrassed by beating the Swiss player he admired so greatly. The year after, on the very same court in the finals, it was the Swiss champ we saw winning a highly entertaining five-set duel against the then 18-year-old Mallorcan. The stage was set. What followed between these two role models is history.

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