Federer Vs. Nadal: The Greatest Rivalry in Tennis Faces Off Again

Spain's Rafael Nadal and Switzerland's Roger Federer greet each other during practice at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) event in New Delhi on December 12, 2015. Credit: Sajjad Hussain / AFP / Getty Images

The greatest tennis rivalry of our time is getting one more chapter: after years of injuries and missed opportunities Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will face each other in a championship match once again.

It’s been six years since Federer and Nadal last met in the finals and many doubted it would happen again. Both men are in their 30s — old in pro tennis terms — and have had injury plagued seasons for the last two years.

But this week has proved one thing to the world: neither man is done. 

Their play already in this tournament has been incredible. Both took five sets to close out their semi-final matches. It took nearly five hours for Nadal to beat Grigor Dimitrov — a few backhand errors from Dimitrov are all that separated the two. Federer put away Stan Wawrinka (who beat Nadal in 2014 at the French Open) in about three hours. 

This could be Federer's last chance to break Nadal’s impressive winning streak. Nadal has beaten him every one of the three times they’ve played in Australia, including a final in 2009. In fact Nadal’s overall advantage is an incredible 23-to-11 victory ratio over his so-called greatest rival.

Whether you're rooting for Federer, the underdog in this match; hoping Nadal puts another nail in his own winning legacy; or just in the mood to watch a historic moment in sports, tune in on Sunday morning.. 

How to Watch

Because the Australian Open is, well, in Australia, the final airs at 3 AM on Sunday. We suggest going on a media blackout until after you watch it re-aired on ESPN2 at 9 AM ET.