Sunday Herald Sun - - Australina Open Final - AARON LANGMAID

THE stage is set for the great­est men’s show­down in the his­tory of the Aus­tralian Open as Roger Fed­erer and Rafael Nadal put their ten­nis ri­valry to one last test.

Tens of thou­sands of fans will flood Mel­bourne Park, and mil­lions more will watch on around the world, as the pair go head to head in a clash many be­lieved they would never see again.

Or­gan­is­ers yes­ter­day took un­prece­dented mea­sures to ac­com­mo­date the global de­mand to see the pair in ac­tion.

For the first time in the event’s his­tory, the match will be beamed live on to screens in­side Mar­garet Court Arena, which will be opened to ground pass hold­ers.

Tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Craig Ti­ley said the match would be re­mem­bered for a long time. “It’s a gift to sport and en­ter­tain­ment, not just ten­nis,’’ he said. “The an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment is only going to con­tinue to build.’’

Scalpers con­tin­ued to cash in on de­mand, flood­ing re­sale web­sites with over­priced seats. One cen­tre court ticket was be­ing of­fered with a stag­ger­ing $26,450 price tag.

Mean­while, greats of the game did their best to pick a win­ner.

Fed­erer holds the record for the most grand slam tour­na­ment ti­tles but Nadal has beaten the Swiss ace in 23 of their 34 en­coun­ters.

Rod Laver, the only man to ac­com­plish two cal­en­dar-year Grand Slam sweeps, sus­pects Fed­erer’s move to a big­ger rac­quet, af­ter en­dur­ing years of tor­ment at the hands of Nadal’s whip­ping left­handed fore­hand to his sin­gle­handed back­hand, will aid the Swiss.

“We saw that last night with Dim­itrov. Fed­erer has the abil­ity prob­a­bly to come in to the net a bit more and I’d like to see that be­ing Fed­erer’s game to­mor­row night,” he

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