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Australian Open 2017: How Melbourne’s Federation Square watched Rafael Nadal roll back the years

Australian Open 2017: How Melbourne’s Federation Square watched Rafael Nadal roll back the years

On court, it seemed Nadal had no business winning that match. He hit 45 winners to Dimitrov’s 79. He had less than half the Bulgarian’s 20 aces. His first serve was on an average 13 km an hour slower, and his fastest serve was nowhere comparable. But this was a champion athlete; always chasing balls back in, taking the game deep, until his opponent had to defeat his own body before he could defeat Nadal.