Rafael Nadal admitted playing and beating Roger Federer in the 2009 Australian Open was very special and emotional for him. Nadal captured his maiden Australian Open title in 2009 after beating Federer 7-5 3-6 7-6 (3) 3-6 6-2.
“2009 was my most special year because that was when I won the first title [at the Australian Open]. It was a very emotional match as playing against [Roger] Federer is always special,” Nadal said in his interview with Eurosport, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
“What happened during the ceremony was a moment to remember.” The temperatures very extremely high during the 2009 Australian Open and it wasn’t easy to compete under such warm conditions. “It was a complicated year because of the excessive heat and the end of the tournament was tough.
But I also knew that the situation was not ideal. I was shattered from the semifinals but when I arrived on the court I felt better,” Nadal said. “It was my first Grand Slam on a hardcourt and that made it even more special.”
Nadal and Federer met again in 2017
Nadal and Federer played another memorable Australian Open final in 2017. Nadal was up by a break in the fifth set but Federer recovered to win 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3. “Those were two very beautiful weeks [at the 2017 Australian Open].
As the days passed, the fans wanted a final between Roger and I,” Nadal recalled. “Both when he played and I played, I noticed the desire of the fans for that match to arrive.” Nadal won the French Open and US Open in 2017, while Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
“We both came from time off the tour and the game did not disappoint. Roger played at a very high level and I think it was a resurgence for both of us. He ended up winning but it was the start of a positive year. It helped me have one of my best years,” the Spaniard said.
“I won two Grand Slams and so did he. I also finished the year World No. 1 and that start to the year helped me for the future.”