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Can Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal win the Australian Open? Of course, they are the two greatest active champions in tennis! But will they?
If Novak Djokovic lies in their path, its not likely.
Long the third-ranked in the Federer-Nadal rivalry, Novak Djokovic emerged in 2011. He fulfilled his potential and became the best player in tennis.
Yes, that's right: while Federer and Nadal each have more titles and experience, Djokovic is the better player right now.
In fact, his 2011 season may be the best in tennis history. He finished with a 70-6 record, won 10 titles and three Grand Slams (the Australian, Wimbledon, and the US Open) and finished ranked No. 1 in the world!
Djokovic has shown no signs of slowing down in 2011. He has barreled through his early matches without coming close to dropping a set.
If Djokovic makes the final, who has a better chance, Federer or Nadal? History would suggest Nadal, who ground out numerous wins over Djokovic before 2011, but he was dominated last year. Djokovic did not own Federer quite as well, but after a tough five-set match against Nadal, will Federer have enough left in the tank to win?
It's impossible to know, so for the moment let's enjoy the best semifinal matchup in years!