Melbourne - Roger
Federer and Rafael Nadal will play their ninth Grand Slam final at the
Australian Open on Sunday.
Here is how the eight previous finals
2006 French Open. Nadal 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
in his first Roland Garros final, Federer was attempting to become the
first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four straight Grand Slams
while Nadal, 20, was out to be the youngest to defend the title since
The Swiss master broke twice in the first set to race to a 5-0 lead.
But then Nadal began to dominate with his crushing forehand, and Federer
started to struggle.
Nadal did not drop serve again until he tried to close out the match
at 5-4 in the fourth. He clinched the match soon after in the tiebreak,
winning his 14th consecutive final.
2006 Wimbledon. Federer 6-0, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (2/7), 6-3
pressure was on Federer as top seed and a three-time defending
champion, riding a 47-match grass court win streak against someone who
had struggled previously on the surface.
Federer started strongly, breaking Nadal in the second, fourth and
sixth games to take the set 6-0. The Spaniard managed to strike back
with a break in the first game of the second set but failed to close it
Federer then narrowly took the second set in a tiebreak 7-5 but lost
the third, also in a tiebreak. In the tense fourth, Federer took early
control, breaking twice for 4-1 before capturing his 39th career title
and eighth Grand Slam crown.
2007 French Open. Nadal 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
stakes were high with Federer attempting to become just the sixth man in
history to win all four Grand Slam titles and only the third man to
hold all four majors at the same time. Nadal was looking to win three
consecutive Roland Garros crowns.
The Swiss took the fight to the Spaniard early, earning 10 break
point chances over three consecutive Nadal service games. But the tough
Spaniard refused to buckle and he scrapped to win the first set.
Although Federer rebounded to win the second set, Nadal's ability to
fight off break point opportunities and his high-kicking left-handed
forehands were the telling factors and too much for Federer to handle.
2007 Wimbledon. Federer 7-6 (9/7), 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-2
a repeat of the 2006 final, a never-day-die Nadal pushed four-time
champion Federer to five sets for the first time in his 34-match winning
streak at the All England Club.
Federer, who had never lost a match at Wimbledon after winning the
first set, claimed the crucial first set tiebreak despite Nadal's
gallant efforts. But Nadal's blistering passes and serve and volley kept
him in the match.
It was a close contest until Federer claimed a decisive break in the
sixth game of the fifth set to equal Borg's record of five consecutive
2008 French Open. Nadal 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
In their 17th career meeting, much was expected of Federer but it proved to be the most one-sided encounter between the pair.
Nadal broke Federer's serve in the first game and from there he
didn't look back with the Swiss hitting too many unforced errors and
failing to take his opportunities.
The third set lasted just 27 minutes as Nadal broke serve three times and hand Federer his first bagel set since June 1999.
2008 Wimbledon. Nadal 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (8/9), 9-7
was looking to clinch his 13th career Grand Slam title and sixth
straight Wimbledon trophy in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches
of their long rivalry.
Nadal won the first set and trailed Federer 3-0 in the second but he
fought back to silence the crowd. The third set was interrupted by rain
with Federer eventually clinching it on his third set point 7-5.
The fourth set also moved into an inevitable tiebreak with Federer
rallying to take it to fifth. Rain hit the match in the decider and as
darkness fell Nadal finally converted his fourth match point in the
longest Wimbledon final in history, lasting four hours, 48 minutes.
2009 Australian Open. Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-2
was again at stake with Federer looking to equal Pete Sampras' all-time
record of 14 Grand Slam titles, while for Nadal it was a chance to
become Spain's first Australian Open champion.
Nadal had beaten Fernando Verdasco in five hours and 14 minutes -
then the Australian Open's longest-ever match - in the semis, while
Federer had 24 hours more to recover.
Both Nadal proved he was mentally and physically stronger, punishing a
poorly-serving Federer to become the first man since Goran Ivanisevic
in 2001 to win a Grand Slam with five-set victories in the semi-finals
2011 French Open. Nadal 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-1
was Nadal and Federer's eighth and last meeting in a Grand Slam final
and having ended Novak Djokovic's 41-match unbeaten run in the
semi-finals, the Swiss was hoping his form would be enough to dethrone
He made a strong start as he raced to a 5-2 lead but Nadal then
reeled off five straight games to take the opener. He capitalised on his
momentum and kept his composure in the tie-break to take a commanding
A resilient Federer delighted the crowd in a tough third set as he
clawed his way back into the match, but he squandered break point
opportunities on Nadal's opening serve in the fourth and from there the tide swiftly turned.