this is the article that i saw earlier:
Federer anticipates Nadal, but hopes for Verdasco
1/29/09 7:59 PM | Ricky Dimon
Roger Federer admits that he would rather play Fernando Verdasco in Sunday's Australian Open final. Realistically, however, he expects to face Rafael Nadal yet again.
Roger Federer advanced to the Australian Open title match with a 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 win over Andy Roddick on Thursday night in Melbourne. Now all that's left for Federer to do before the final is kick back and find out against whom he will be playing on Sunday night.
Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco will decided that in an all-Spanish semifinal clash on Friday. "It's exciting to see two great shot-makers," Federer said of that upcoming match. "Fernando has one of the best forehands in the game and Rafa, obviously he's got that incredible tenacity out on the court."
Despite having just a 6-12 record against Nadal, including a four-match losing streak, the world No. 2 has little interest in getting another shot at the game's top-ranked player. " I'd like to play Fernando because he's never played a Grand Slam final before," Federer explained. "I have an edge there."