In one of the most entertaining matches of recent years between the two legends of the sport, Federer staged a stunning performance to pick up his first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012—winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Both players rolled back the years to put on a real spectacle in Melbourne, which is well worth a second watch. Here’s how you can relive the amazing final:
TV: ESPN (U.S.), Eurosport 1 (UK)
Replay Coverage: Tennis Channel from 9 a.m. (ET), Eurosport 1 from 2 p.m. (GMT)
When Federer and Nadal both made their way to the 2017 Australian Open final, the tennis world rejoiced.
Not only are the pair two of the most celebrated athletes of the game, but seeing them lock horns is always a moment to savour. And in no way did they disappoint on Sunday.
From the first game, the players were flexing their Slam-winning muscles and producing remarkable tennis. Federer in particular was enjoying his time on court, hitting some sensational backhands to put him in control of the first set.
He took the opener 6-4 and looked in fine fettle, but Nadal was in no mood to let his great rival run away with the title.
The Spaniard, whose only other Australian Open victory came back in 2009, roared back in the second set and claimed it 6-3. The spinny, lofted forehand was finally doing the damage, and the audience was relishing every second:
The silky smooth #Federer backhand v the buggy-whip #Nadal forehand. What a show! #AusOpen #FedererNadal https://t.co/wsncZjNbMc2017-1-29 10:11:50
At 1-1, Federer really turned on the style and starting punishing Nadal with a series of astonishing baseline ground strokes that were too hot to handle.
And it wasn't long before the Swiss star was back in front, winning the third set in double time, 6-1, to put his stamp on the match, per Eurosport UK:
Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK
SET! Federer steps on the gas and leads 2-1 #AusOpen 🇪🇸 @RafaelNadal 4 | 6 | 1 🇨🇭 @rogerfederer 6 | 3 | 6 LIVE: https://t.co/Rw0IvDUk2T https://t.co/qvfYySiGAQ2017-1-29 10:35:30
But just when you thought Federer was going to keep up his momentum and start surging ahead, Nadal turned on the style.
He swiftly moved into a 4-1 lead and started finding his range with the serve, which set up a mouth-watering decider.
Nadal got off to a perfect start in the set by immediately breaking the Federer serve, but he couldn't hold on to his advantage as Federer came roaring back.
He rattled off six of the next seven games to triumph in style, and he didn't hold back when the final shot was hit, per We Are Tennis:
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Pure joy. #Federer #AusOpen https://t.co/hKKsVsACOV2017-1-29 12:25:50
It was a match that more than lived up to its billing and one that will be looked back on in years to come as one of the greats.
Two of the greatest champions of all time going head-to-head and serving up a truly spectacular match is something to cherish and watch over and over again.