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Australian Open 2017: Rafael Nadal Outlasts Dimitrov to Set Up Federer Date in Final

News18.com | January 27, 2017, 7:38 PM IST
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Rafael Nadal will try to set up a hugely anticipated Australian Open final with his old rival Roger Federer when he plays the in-form Grigor Dimitrov in the semis.

Few gave injury-hit thirty-somethings Nadal and Federer any chance pre-tournament but the Swiss maestro is already into Sunday's title match and his long-time sparring partner is keen to follow.

Jan 27, 2017 7:23 pm (IST)

It will be the Williams sister sin the Women's Singles final and the great Fedex-Rafa battle in the men's final. It seems tennis fans are on a time machine and are back to the first decade of this century. GOODBYE FOR TODAY!

Jan 27, 2017 7:21 pm (IST)

"Very very special for both me and Roger Federer to reach the finals of a major again. I want to thank him for coming for the opening ceremony of my academy," says Rafael Nadal about his great rival Roger Federer

Jan 27, 2017 7:20 pm (IST)

Remember if Nadal wins this title, he will surpass the great Pete Sampras

Jan 27, 2017 7:20 pm (IST)

Rafael Nadal has entered the final of the Australian Open for the first time since 2014, when he had surprisingly lost to Stanislas Wawrinka

Jan 27, 2017 7:19 pm (IST)

Jim Courier Interviews Nadal - Your emotions in the final Set? - Rafa shoots back - "Difficult to say, I know I was tired"

Jan 27, 2017 7:17 pm (IST)

Rafael Nadal has entered the final of a grand slam tournament for the first time since 2014 and will take on his old rival Roger Federer for the first time in a Grand Slam final since beating him in the 2011 French Open Final

Jan 27, 2017 7:15 pm (IST)

RAFAEL NADAL WINS THE SEMI-FINAL

Jan 27, 2017 7:14 pm (IST)

MATCHPOINT NUMBER 3 FOR RAFAEL NADAL

Jan 27, 2017 7:14 pm (IST)

DEUCE AGAIN: Lucky for Dimitrov as the ball hits the net chord and stays in and allows Dimitrov the time to hit that winner

Jan 27, 2017 7:13 pm (IST)

MATCHPOINT NUMBER 2 FOR RAFAEL NADAL

Jan 27, 2017 7:12 pm (IST)

DEUCE: Sensational tennis from Grigor Dimitrov, comes back again, keeps his nerves and gives himself another chance 

Jan 27, 2017 7:11 pm (IST)

ACE & MATCHPOINT: Rafa is just about there

Jan 27, 2017 7:10 pm (IST)

Grigor Dimitrov is back from the dead and has tied the game 30-30

Jan 27, 2017 7:08 pm (IST)

Rafael Nadal is up 30-0 and is just two points away from sealing the match

Jan 27, 2017 7:06 pm (IST)

Rafael Nadal has got the all important break and he will be serving for the match to earn the right to renew his Grand Slam rivalry with Roger Federer

Jan 27, 2017 7:05 pm (IST)

BREAK POINT: Dimitrov has fought back to 30-30 but hits the net chord and hands Nadal another break point, his fifth of the set

Jan 27, 2017 7:03 pm (IST)

DOUBLE FAULT: Dimitrov's fifth of the match leaves him down 0-30 in the crucial ninth game

Jan 27, 2017 7:02 pm (IST)

The Spaniard from Mallorca has made it 4 games all in the deciding set by completing a great escape in the eighth game

Jan 27, 2017 7:00 pm (IST)

Another volley and he is pumped and has the advantage now, Nadal coming back strong in this game

Jan 27, 2017 6:59 pm (IST)

Nadal saves one out of the two break points, he has had so many break points this set but hasn't converted, won't let Dimitrov have it easy and comes right back with a super volley to make it a deuce

Jan 27, 2017 6:57 pm (IST)

Dimitrov is in control now as Nadal looks tired, and is up 15-40

Jan 27, 2017 6:55 pm (IST)

Dimitrov holds again and makes it 4-3, this is quite a fascinating battle between two players who want to win at any cost. One man who will be happy to see this match go the distance is Roger Federer

Jan 27, 2017 6:52 pm (IST)

DUECE: Once again Nadal has put pressure on Dimitrov's serve but the Bulgarian has managed to escape everytime

Jan 27, 2017 6:49 pm (IST)

Rafael Nadal ties it all up at 3-3 with a dominating display on his serve

Jan 27, 2017 6:47 pm (IST)

Rafael Nadal is looking to reach his 21st Grand Slam final while Dimitrov aims to become the first Bulgarian ever to reach a slam final

Jan 27, 2017 6:45 pm (IST)

Dimitrov has a big heart and he shows that again, comes right back to hold his serve and make it 3-2

Jan 27, 2017 6:44 pm (IST)

DEUCE: Nadal had a break point again but an unforced error has let Dimitrov come back again

Jan 27, 2017 6:41 pm (IST)

Dimitrov hits ace number 19 to go 30-0 up, but Nadal comes back again to make it 15-30

Jan 27, 2017 6:40 pm (IST)

Nadal is animated there and he makes it 2-2 in the final set

Jan 27, 2017 6:35 pm (IST)

MAGIC: Dimitrov slips, almost loses that point but recovers in time to get a winner in and now leads 40-15. When Nadal and Federer will be history and Murray and Djokovic will be nearing the end of their illustrious careers, you will hear this name more often than ever Grigor Dimitrov. He leads 2-1 in the final set

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