Federer – Nadal Australian Open Final an “Instant Classic” on ESPN Classic Monday, Feb. 2
ESPN Classic will show the Australian Open Men’s Final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as an Instant Classic on Monday, February 2 from 3 – 8 p.m. ET. The match, which aired live on ESPN2 early Sunday morning, was the latest chapter in the duo’s storied rivalry, with Nadal winning his first title in Melbourne.
After coming through the longest match in the tournament’s history (5:14) to reach the championship match, Nadal needed 4 hours, 23 minutes to win 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2. Federer, who was trying to equal Pete Sampras’ 14 major titles, has lost to Nadal the last three times they’ve met in Grand Slam finals. The lefthanded Spaniard has now won five of the seven Grand Slam finals he’s played against Federer and is 13-6 overall against him. Nadal beat Federer in the last French Open and Wimbledon finals and replaced him at No. 1 last August after winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.