He certainly didn’t show it if he did. He resisted just about everything Federer threw at him, scrambling to keep balls in play that usually would be winners.
Federer served and volleyed, he played with good touch, he played drop shots, he tried everything — even complaining to the chair umpire about Nadal’s loud grunting after the tiebreaker — but his 50 resulting unforced errors doubled the number by his rival.
“I tried a few things … then again, Rafa does a good job of neutralizing you,” Federer said. “So I guess at times I couldn’t quite do what I wanted to do, but that’s because of Rafa.”
Li Na will be hoping for third time lucky in the women’s final on Saturday against Dominika Cibulkova. The 2011 French Open champion has reached the Australian Open final in three of the past four years, but is yet to win the title.