Monday, January 24, 2011
Not to jinx anyone, but whew, that Rafael Nadal fellow and the other guy, Roger Federer, sure are playing some good ball right now and could definitely be seen as on a collision course for the Australian Open finals.
Federer got tested some in two of his first four matches, but just got through dropping the hammer on one of the hottest players on tour in '11, Stanislas Wawrinka. Granted, he probably knows his old doubles partner's game inside and out, but it's still an impressive performance.
And speaking of hammer-dropping, Rafa's been doing that every round. Funny thing, but I actually thought Marin Cilic had a real good shot against him in the 16s, but we all know how that went. His next opponent, David Ferrer, is scrappy, but really shouldn't be able to hurt the top seed.
Looking at the form both Roger and Rafa have shown so far, I think you'd have to give the edge to Nadal in regard to playing at a higher quality now. However, Federer's already been pushed to the edge in the draw, and that could stand him in good stead come finals time. That is provided they both get there.
With the way things are going now, I wouldn't bet against it happening.
UPDATE: Looks like I'd lose that bet!
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