Rafa v. Fernando (Video)

Yes, Rafa is playing with improved confidence every single day. And yup, he’s looking better every day. And sure, he has a 10-0 lifetime record against Fernando Verdasco. But maybe tonight’s quarterfinal match, which will start at around 8 p.m., can offer some Melbourne magic. In the Australian Open semifinals in 2009, these guys played in a 5-hour marathon that is the longest match in Australian Open history. Rafa would go on to win the Men’s Final–defeating Roger Federer and sending him to tears–but based on how Rafa looks so far, he might be an even better version of himself at this year’s U.S. Open. And after Verdasco’s incredible 5-set win the other night, I wonder if he’s a little spent. Anyway, let’s relive that great match: