In a match that was held at Rod Laver Arena, Thursday (01/26/2012) afternoon local time, Nadal won the battle through four sets, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), and 6-4 in time of 3 hours and 39 minutes.
Fierce battles had occurred in the third set. Federer rose slightly in the third set with a catch of 4-5 finished 5-5. And then Nadal winning 6-5 before Federer be equated again by 6-6. Nadal finally turned 2-1 ahead after winning the tie break 7-5.
In the deciding set, aka the fourth set, Nadal was trying to end the game faster. But Federer forced him to play tight resistance to the score finished 4-4, before finally a Federer backhand that out makes Nadal cruised into the finals with a 6-4 victory.
“I think, Rafa played well from start to finish,” said Fed-Ex as reported Yahoosports.
“This is indeed a strenuous game. I’m disappointed, but this is just the beginning of the season. My condition is very good, so this is okay,” continued the Swiss tennis player.
When the match was halted for 10 minutes in the second set – because there is a fireworks show of the Australian Day outside the arena -, Federer seemed unaffected. When that Nadal was ahead 5-2. When the match resumed, Federer could not prevent Nadal’s victory in the set.
“It did not help. They had been told, so I’m not surprised. But, I know that I lost a lot of points,” said Federer, who lost 11 points in the set.