First Slam battle on neutral grounds

Forget Super Bowl XLIII. This is Federer-Nadal XIX, and when these titans collide in the Australian Open final, make no mistake: Greatness is on the line.

Updated: January 31, 2009, 9:43 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- They have faced off on clay. They have battled on grass. Now, finally, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet in a Grand Slam final on hard courts for the first time.

Change will be afoot, as well as underfoot. At the end of the match, we will be in the presence of arguably the Greatest Ever or unarguably the Greatest Right Now.

A win for Federer would tie him with Pete Sampras at 14 Grand Slam titles and, in the eyes of many, would lift him above the ...

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