Recap of Australian Open Men’s Final

By | 1 minute read | January 29, 2017

2017 Australian Open – Day 14 Recap

Men’s Singles Championship

17th seed Roger Federer defeated 9th seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in 3 hours 38 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. It was fitting that the match ended with Federer hitting an ace and a forehand winner to claim the title.  Those two shots have been the cornerstone of his career and they came good in the final.  Federer hit 20 aces, won 76% of his first serve points and hit 28 forehand winners in the match.  But it was his ability to put relentless pressure on Nadal’s serve that made the difference.

 

Coming into the final, Nadal had won 74% of his first serve points but Federer was able to hold him to just 63%. That led to 20 break point chances.  Federer broke 6 times including twice in the final set.  In the final set, Federer created break chances in every one of Nadal’s service games – 11 break points in total for the set.

 

Federer – Returning to Greatness

Returns in Play                        77%

1st return points won              37%

Break Point Chances               20

Breaks of Serve                       6

 

Federer faced challenges on his own serve as Nadal earned 17 break points. Roger saved 13 of those 17 including 3 of 4 in the final set.  Here’s a look at Roger’s performance when down break point:

 

Federer – Serving like a Champ under pressure

Serving down Break Point (17 points)

Aces                             5

1st Serve in Play           13 of 17 (76%)

1st Serve Points Won   11 of 13 (85%)

2nd Serve Points Won  2 of 4   (50%)

 

And Federer’s performance in the 5th set was absolutely championship caliber.  Federer hit 23 total winners in the final set and made just 9 unforced errors.  He attacked the net 12 times (more than in any other set) and won 9 of those points.  He won 50% of his return points and broke Nadal twice.

 

Federer takes the 5th…in style

5th set stats

Aces                             5

1st serve points won    12 of 15 (80%)

2nd serve points won   8 of 14 (57%)

Winners                       23

Net Points won            9 of 12 (75%)