Australian Open: Rafael Nadal will beat Novak Djokovic 6-4 in final set – Patrick McEnroe | Tennis | Sport



Rafael Nadal and Djokovic will do battle for the Australian Open crown on Sunday, with the match widely expected to go down to the wire.

Both men have been in sensational form this tournament, with Nadal yet to drop a set following his demolition of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.

Novak Djokovic has been similarly brilliant, however, and blew Lucas Pouille away with a scintillating display in his own semi-final showdown.

ESPN analyst McEnroe believes, though, that Nadal will reign supreme.

And he is expecting the Spaniard to prevail 6-4 in the final set.

“Both players look like they’re playing as well as ever,” he wrote for ESPN.

“There seems to be every reason in the world to expect this final to be an absolute classic.

“Seven years ago, they played a final in Melbourne that lasted nearly six hours, with Djokovic prevailing 7-5 in the fifth set.

“The conditions are quicker now, so don’t expect this one to go as long, but expect it to be just as compelling.

“This time, it’s Nadal who prevails 6-4 in the fifth.

“I simply can’t wait to see it.”

Djokovic is relishing the prospect of facing off against Nadal.

The Serb is on the verge of a third Grand Slam win in a row after triumphs at Wimbledon and the US Open last year.

And Djokovic said: “Nadal has historically throughout my life and career been the greatest rival that I ever played against on all the surfaces.

“Some matches that we had against each other were a great turning point in my career. I feel they have made me rethink my game.

“I had some disappointing moments where I lost to him.

“I think I lost to him nine times so far in the Grand Slams, and I lost some tough matches in finals and semis in French Open and US Open. I won also some great matches.

“Those kind of encounters have also made me the player I am today, without a doubt.

“These are the kind of matches that you live for, finals of slams, playing the greatest rivals at their best. What more can you ask for? This is where you want to be.”


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