Australian Open 2012: Bold Predictions for Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic Final

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Australian Open 2012: Bold Predictions for Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic Final
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Rafael Nadal (left) and Novak Djokovic hold their respective 2011 US Open trophies. Djokovic won 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.

We've finally come to the point where we can say it's bold to pick Rafael Nadal over Novak Djokovic. The last time he beat Novak was in 2010 in the Round Robin stage of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, 7-5, 6-2.

Nadal leads the series 16-13 overall, but Djokovic has won the last six contests between them. This is a rematch of the 2011 US Open Final and the fourth meeting in a Grand Slam final for the pair.

Djokovic leads the series on hard court 10-5. We all know he only lost six matches in all of 2011.

So why will Rafael Nadal beat him on Sunday?

Look no further than these five bold predictions about the final match to be played in Melbourne.

They should convince you to wake up at 3:30 EST for the Australian Open Final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Forget the Pro Bowl. Forget the NHL All-Star Game. Forget that Ohio State and Michigan are playing each other as ranked teams (in basketball) for the first time in 20 years. You can use the rest of your Sunday for sleep.

This is that important.

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