[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

A lot depends on this match, not just by numbers but also the fact that beating Novak – which might be an uphill task – will give Nadal the much needed potion to revive things.

“It is going to be a game of cat and mouse,” Djokovic said. “I enjoy the rivalry against Rafa. It is probably the most exciting rivalry I have had in my career.”

Novak has a 20-1 record this year heading into the match, his only loss coming to Lopez when the Serb retired mid way during the match. He is bidding to become the first man to win this event 5 times after his triumphs in 2008, 2011, 2014 & 2015. It has already been a phenomenal year for the Serb, equalling Emerson’s all-time record with 6th Australian Open title  and also becoming the third active player to notch up 700 tour wins.

A look at the recent meetings between these two
A look at the recent meetings between these two

Rafa on the other hand is on the road to regain his lost footing amongst the top players. The three time champion here, has looked good so far, avenging his opening round loss at Australian Open to Fernando Verdasco and then beating Kei Nishikori , which was also his first Top 10 win of the season. Nadal will be looking to enter his 100th career final.


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