The Australian Open final was a dream come true for Tennis romantics, as Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal treated the Tennis community to one of the most memorable Grand Slam finals of the modern era.
Roger Federer edged through in the end, playing the important points better in the deciding set and setting the platform for one of the best comebacks in Tennis(maybe Sport) history.
Federer was leading 2 sets to 1 and was the favourite to clinch the Australian Open in 4 sets, but Nadal came back strongly in the 4th and forced a 5th set.
Federer then was a break down, but dug deep, to somehow make a brilliant comeback and clinch the Australian Open. But Pat Cash wasn’t impressed with what Federer did during the dying stages of the match.
Federer had opted for a medical timeout because he was suffering from a leg injury, but Pat Cash felt that Federer has ‘cheated’ to some extent, as he was looking to interrupt Nadal’s rhythm.
“It’s cheating, and it’s being allowed,” Pat Cash said.
“It’s legal cheating, but it’s still not right.” he added.
Federer though did not quite agree with Cash’s statements, saying that he was genuinely injured and thus wanted that medical timeout desperately.
“My leg has been hurting me since the [Noah] Rubin match.” Federer said
“I was happy that I was able to navigate through the pain. For some reason, against Stan I had it from the start on both sides of the groin. I felt my quad midway through the second set already, and the groin started to hurt midway through the third set.” he added.
“The rules are there, that you can use them.” I also think we shouldn’t be using these rules or abusing the system. I think I’ve led the way for 20 years. So I think to be critical there is exaggerating.”
“I’m the last guy to call a medical timeout. I don’t know what he’s talking about.” Federer concluded.