TENNIS LEGENDS MEET AGAIN – Nadal, Federer Ready To Square Off For Another Grand Slam

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ABOVE VIDEO: Even by Friday night, when their dream Australian Open showdown was officially set, the foremost thought in Rafael Nadal’s and Roger Federer’s minds was only the challenge immediately in front of them.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (ESPN) – Even by Friday night, when their dream Australian Open showdown was officially set, the foremost thought in Rafael Nadal’s and Roger Federer’s minds was only the challenge immediately in front of them.

The two tennis legends had just booked their ninth Grand Slam final date, but this one transcends the silverware as both men are playing for their legacies in what’s easily the most important final they’ve ever contested.

And Andy Roddick, who was named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame earlier this week, would argue it goes even further than that: He insists this could be the most important Grand Slam final anyone has ever played.

Fellow Hall of Famer Pam Shriver doesn’t disagree.

“This could be the match that a lot of people use to decide who really is the greatest of all time,” Shriver said Saturday. “Does Roger win this magical one at 35? Or does Rafa add to his ridiculous head-to-head edge and narrow the gap?”

Federer, who has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles, currently leads Nadal’s 14, but that’s about the only number on Federer’s side.

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