#RogerFederer’s stunning performance in the #AussieOpen final was, above all, an awesome display of mental toughness and determination in the face of huge psychological pressure.
The #Swiss came into the match not having beaten his arch rival #RafaelNadal at a #GrandSlam since the 2007 #Wimbledon final. Over the years, #Nadal’s relentless topspin forehands had worn down #Federer’s single-handed backhand in match after match. Roger often looked dejected in big matches against #Rafa, as if he had lost hope of ever finding a way to overcome his greatest adversary. Rafa won all five Slam encounters with Roger from the classic 2008 Wimbledon final to the 2014 Australian Open semi.