Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal In Australian Open 2012 Semifinal Against Conventional Wisdom

01/25/2012 10:23 pm ET

After swapping some mildly critical words at the start of the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will renew their on-court rivalry Thursday, in the first of two men’s semifinals. Nearly as cherished as this great rivalry are certain chestnuts of conventional wisdom about the contrasts between these two all-time greats: Federer is cast as the aggressive net-rusher against Nadal, the powerful yet defensive baseliner.

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