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2011 Australian Open: Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer Final Please!

Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer played two charity matches last month, but the world's best haven't faced each other for real in two years.
Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer played two charity matches last month, but the world's best haven't faced each other for real in two years.Jasper Juinen/Getty Images
Neri SteinFeatured Columnist IISeptember 21, 2016

The last time Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer faced each other in a major event final was the 2009 Australian Open, and you just have to watch that fantastic five-setter to see what the tennis world has been missing the past two years. 

In 2009, Fed reclaimed his world No. 1 title, finally won the French and set a new record for most Grand Slam wins with 16 last year in Australia. Then, the Spaniard came back in 2010 winning the French, Wimbledon and his first US to complete his Career Grand Slam. The only problem with their achievements in the past two years: it wasn't against each other.

The pair did face each other in London at the end of last year and in a couple of charity matches, but that just doesn't cut it. The 2008 Wimbledon final may go down as one of the greatest matches ever played, and the best part was that the pair followed it up in Australia. 

Since then, the sport just hasn't been as interesting. Excusing Andy Roddick's heroics in the 2009 Wimbledon final or Juan Martin del Potro's dominance in the following US Open, The major finals just haven't been as exciting. Nadal and Federer really bring out the best in each other, and only against each other does either of them ever look like losing. 

Rafa has never been in danger of losing a major event match since the French Open began last May, but Fed has sadly beaten himself a few times. Last year ended on a high note, however, as Fed seems like he's gotten his edge back, and Rafa doesn't look worn down at all this time. 

Hopefully, their good form will continue on throughout this year. No offense to the rest of the pool, but the tennis world needs to see these two face each other on the biggest stage again, especially since Federer isn't getting any younger. 

The real tests will come this summer. If Federer could defeat Nadal at the French or Nadal could beat Federer at the US, it would really show the world who's at the top of the game. 

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