Australian Open 2012: Rafael Nadal Will Secure Greatness with Win over Djokovic

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 28, 2012

Rafael Nadal is the greatest tennis player in the world, and he will prove that by beating current No.1 Novak Djokovic.

There are many questions and many rebuttals that can come into play upon reading that statement, though.

First and foremost:

 

How is Nadal going to beat Djokovic?

Djokovic has beaten Nadal in the past two Grand Slam finals, and he's looking for the hat-trick. Both players are dominant, but there's no questioning how good Djokovic has been and how much of an edge he has over Nadal as of late.

There is one distinct edge Nadal has though, and that's the ailing health of Djokovic. He's dealing with allergy issues which are leading to breathing problems, according to Ravi Ubha of ESPN.

He's not only struggling with that, but he's going to be coming off an epic match with Andy Murray that lasted almost five hours, and he has one less day of rest than Nadal.

Nadal has been hot through this tournament, and beating rival Roger Federer will only serve to revitalize him.

 

How Will Nadal Secure His Greatness?

Saying that Nadal can secure his greatness also implies that he can lose it.

Believe it or not, if Djokovic continues beating him, I see that being a real possibility.

There could not be a better matchup for the two stud tennis players, and this is one that I expect to see in many Grand Slam finals for years to come.

Enjoy it tennis fans, this is going to be a beauty.

There is no doubting the fact that Djokovic had an incredible year in 2011, and that included dominating Nadal. He deserves the No.1 spot, as he is currently the best in the world until somebody can prove otherwise.

Nadal lost his edge in the tennis world with Djokovic's rise to power. All of that can change with a big win over Djokovic to start out this year, though.

Nadal can essentially re-balance the books.

I firmly believe that Nadal will be able to do just that, and in doing so he will re-affirm his greatness.

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