Why Federer might have upper hand

This will be the 33rd chapter -- with the Super Bowl looming, we'll give you the Roman version, XXXIII -- in a storied, albeit one-sided, rivalry. The first time Federer and Nadal met was a decade ago in Miami, where, as a 17-year-old whippersnapper, the Spaniard triumphed in straight sets. They last played in Australia two years ago in the semifinals, an ultra-competitive match that Nadal won in four sets. That also happened to be the last time they met at in any major. As it stands right now, Rafa is on a four-match winning streak against Federer in which he's dropped only one set.

Sounds like we know how things are going to turn on come game time. Not so fast, says Gilbert.

"Let me just say this," he said. "Federer is probably considered the slight favorite given Nadal's blister, and if he can pull it off and go on to win the final, you might have to consider this the best win of his career."

And for Fed fans, were it to happen, there might not be enough thank-you notes in the world to express their gratitude.

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