Federer vs. Nadal Australian Open final: Updates, how to watch, TV channel, live stream
The two legends will meet for the 35th time in their careers
Federer wins Aussie: Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam title and put distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, who he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open final on Sunday.
7:08 a.m. ET: Federer breaks and is one game away from his 18th Slam, leading 5-3 in the fifth.
6:58 a.m. ET: The Fed Express. Rog aces to cap the 7th game and leads 4-3.
6:56 a.m. ET: Federer breaks back. We're tied at 3 in the fifth. Buckle up, folks.
6:48 a.m. ET: Federer holds to remain a break down. Nadal leads 3-2 with his 15th Grand Slam title in sight.
6:45 a.m. ET: Nadal wiggles out of trouble on his serve again, takes a 3-1 lead.
6:36 a.m. ET: Federer gets the hold. Nadal leads 2-1.
6:34 a.m. ET: Nadal consolidates the break, putting Federer in early trouble in the fifth with a 2-0 lead.
6:27 a.m. ET: Federer is broken by Nadal to start the final set. The Spaniard looks strong in taking a 1-0 lead.
6:15 a.m. ET: We're going to a fifth as Nadal holds. FOURTH SET TO NADAL, 6-3 (BEST OF 5 SETS MATCH TIED AT 2)
6:13 a.m. ET: Federer stays alive in the set with a hold. Nadal leads 5-3.
6:08 a.m. ET: An ace caps a hold at love for Nadal, who leads 5-2, as it appears we're headed for a fifth set.
6:06 a.m. ET: Federer aces Nadal to hold and stay in the set. Nadal leads 4-2.
6 a.m. ET: Nadal with a spectacular cross-court winner to hold for a 4-1 lead in the fourth set. Federer can only shake his head while walking to the change-over.
5:52 a.m. ET: Nadal gets the break as Federer makes three costly errors, handing the Spaniard a 3-1 lead in the fourth.
5:48 a.m. ET: Who will blink first in the fourth? Rafa holds easily for a 2-1 lead as we're on serve.
5:45 a.m. ET: Federer responds with a backhand down the line to hold for a tie at 1 in the fourth.
5:42 a.m. ET: Nadal opens the fourth set with a quick hold, leads 1-0.
5:35 a.m. ET: A nifty drop volley ends the third set in Federer's favor. THIRD SET TO FEDERER, 6-1 (FEDERER LEADS BEST OF 5 MATCH 2-1)
5:28 a.m. ET: Federer breaks with a blistering backhand return for a 5-1 lead in the third.
5:23 a.m. ET: Federer holds at love, punctuating the game on a cross-court forehand winner for a 4-1 lead.
5:21 a.m. ET: Nadal fights off a handful of break points and stays in the third. Federer leads 3-1.
5:10 a.m. ET: A serve-and-volley and a pair of aces carry Federer to a quick hold and a 3-0 lead, seizing momentum in the third.
5:09 a.m. ET: Federer creeps in for a sweet second-serve return, forcing an error for the early break in the third and a 2-0 lead.
5:03 a.m. ET: After almost blowing a 40-0 lead in the third-set opener, Federer finally holds for a 1-0 lead.
4:54 a.m. ET: Nadal looks strong in holding to close out the second, coaxing a Federer forehand error to end it. SECOND SET TO NADAL, 6-3 (BEST OF 5 MATCH TIED AT 1 SET APIECE)
4:52 a.m. ET: Federer holds easily in the eighth game. Nadal will serve for the second set, leading 5-3.
4:48 a.m. ET: Nadal holds at love and leads 5-2 with the second-set finish line in sight.
4:46 a.m. ET: Federer keeps battling, holds but still trails 4-2 with Nadal to serve.
4:40 a.m. ET: Federer battles back to break Nadal's serve, recovering one of Nadal's breaks of serve. Nadal leads 4-1 in the second.
4:36 a.m. ET: Federer's forehand is failing him (10 errors in the second set), as he is broken. Nadal leads 4-0, and it looks like we may be going at least four sets.
4:32 a.m. ET: Nadal fends off two break points and takes a 3-0 lead in the second after a lengthy service game.
4:23 a.m. ET: Hammering away at the Federer backhand, Nadal converts on his second break point attempt for a 2-0 lead in the second. We may be here awhile.
4:18 a.m. ET: Nadal closes out the opening game of the second set with a wide ace for a 1-0 lead.
The player winning the first set has won 26 of the 34 matches between these two.
4:12 a.m. ET: It takes a little bit more than a half hour for Federer to win the first set. FIRST SET TO FEDERER, 6-4.
4:08 a.m. ET: Federer will have to serve for the first set. Nadal holds. Federer leads 5-4.
4:04 a.m. ET: Just like that, Federer holds at love for a 5-3 lead.
4:01 a.m. ET: Federer breaks first as a Nadal backhand is barely wide. A quick challenge upholds the call. Fed leads 4-3.
3:57 a.m.: Federer looks strong with a big forehand winner and an ace for 3-3, on serve in the first.
3:52 a.m. ET: Steady as she goes on serve. Both champions holding for 2-2 in the first.
3:48 a.m. ET: Nadal holds for a 2-1 lead.
3:44 a.m. ET: The players hold in the first two games of the first set.
Venus vs. Serena? Federer vs. Nadal? It's like the tennis world took a time machine to Melbourne instead of an airplane.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will face each other in the men's Australian Open final on Sunday, the 35th time the two will have met.
In an era where Federer was rarely beaten, Nadal was clearly his Kryptonite. The Spaniard owns a strong 23-11 edge in their matches, including going 6-2 against Federer in their eight Grand Slam finals matches. The last time the pair met in a Grand Slam final was at the 2011 French Open, where Nadal won his sixth title.
Federer holds the record for the most men's Grand Slam singles titles with 17, while a win on Sunday would be Nadal's 15th, and would break a tie with Pete Sampras for second all-time.
Here's how to watch the two longtime foes in the Australian Open final.
How to watch
What: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, Australian Open final
Where: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
When: Sunday, Jan. 29, 3:30 a.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN (replay will air at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2)
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