Rod Laver: 'It would be nice to see Federer and Nadal in the final'

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Rod Laver: 'It would be nice to see Federer and Nadal in the final'

Rod Laver admitted he was surprised to see Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic lose early at the Australian Open respectively to Mischa Zverev and Denis Istomin. 'It was pretty amazing that Djokovic lost, a little surprising and then of course Murray goes out, it does open the draw up', Laver told reporters in Melbourne.

If he could choose which players should qualify for the final, he would say 'Federer and Nadal. They've been battling each other for probably the last 11 years and now they're here with a good chance to go through.

But any of these younger players coming through can be troublesome.' He praised a lot the Swiss player, who beat two top players like Nishikori and Berdych: 'It is amazing to think that Roger Federer is playing as well as he is at this moment.

He had a knee operation which took him back, he's been out of the game for six months. He's been working awfully hard and I think that's probably been the best thing; he probably never had this much time to prepare for specific people. I have not seen him play a backhand this good, as consistently as it has been the last three or four days.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'A very special win, I felt great in the fifth set'