The AO changed many dynamics, or at least in some instances planted the seeds for many dynamics to be changed later on in the season. The most famous of all was the rivalry between Nole and Rafa. By the time they played at IW for the first time this season, Novak was riding an immense wave of confidence, having won the AO, winning Dubai and having three straight wins over Roger, plus stopping the 3 match losing streak he had to Murray in Melbourne. Rafa, despite playing great tennis, was up against a newly improved Novak, who was mentally becoming a rock. But was it already too late at that point for Rafa? What if Rafa had made the final in AO and had played Novak? Would Novak have had that same confidence? Yes, at the AO he was red hot, but Rafa would be also be red hot, going for the Rafa slam. Could he have stopped himself from being completed dominated and humbled by Novak for the rest of the year, if he could have stopped Novak earlier from gaining momentum?