Federer vs Nadal: Who Is the Favorite for Their Australian Open Semifinal Clash?

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Federer vs Nadal: Who Is the Favorite for Their Australian Open Semifinal Clash?
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It is a testament to the ability, greatness and marketability of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal that every time we write off their rivalry as dead, outdated and unimportant, there usually comes a match that so captures the imagination and that is so precariously poised, that the doubters are disciplined and the naysayers made to say anything but no.

One such match is the coming Australian Open 2012 semifinal between these two wonderful players.

Roger Federer hasn't lost a tour level match since losing in the semis of the US Open last year to Novak Djokovic, while Rafael Nadal hasn't defeated a top four player since his four-set victory over Andy Murray in the semis of last year's US Open. 

Coming into this match, the players are brilliantly poised. Nadal enters the contest following the most spirited display (vs. Berdych) seen from him in months, while Federer comes in on the back of one of the most clinical demolition jobs (vs. Del Potro) we will see all year.

Who is the favorite for their semifinal clash? Is it Federer or is it Nadal? And why?

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Roger definitely is the favorite. After having to play players like Del potro and Karlovic and slowly dismantling them, he looks fired up and ready to...
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I'd like to begin by discussing both federer and Nadal's journey to the semi's. Federer waltzed through the first few rounds, and many expected him to...
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I see most are favouring Nadal. I understand that but I think this time round Federer is looking a different animal. For whatever reason for the las...
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"After having to play players like Del potro and Karlovic and slowly dismantling them, he looks fired up and ready to go" That's the way I see it. Al...
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I think perhaps Nadal may have a better shot if the semi is during the day, not at night. His shots against Berdych were coming down slow and Berdych ...
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Nadal will win in 4. 1) The AO surface is relatively slow. 2) The AO balls are slower than ever. 3) The Fed-Nadal semi will be played on the coolest ...
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