Published: Sat, January 28, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Federer-Nadal: Australian Open final so good, it can't be believed

Federer-Nadal: Australian Open final so good, it can't be believed

Spanish Tennis star Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Australian Open by beating Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-final clash.

Nadal clinched the marathon match 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 in four hours and 56 minutes against Dimitrov, who is often called "baby Federer".

Nadal holds a 6-2 lead over the Swiss maestro in grand slam deciders and was also the victor in the duo's only previous Australian Open final, prevailing in a five-set epic in 2009.

"It's special to play with Roger again in a final of a Grand Slam", Nadal said. Both of Federer's victories came on the grass of Wimbledon, while four of Nadal's came on the clay of Rolland Garros.

Federer, returning from a six-month layoff to rest his injured left knee, is aiming to reach his first Australian Open final since he won his fourth title here in 2010.

In the last five encounters the duo have had in majors, the Spaniard has come up on top each time. He will be helped by the fact that Nadal, 30, will get one fewer day to recover from this almost five-hour match that ended at 12:45 a.m. local time.

Together, they've won 31 Grand Slam titles. Nadal won that one, and the match. Navratilova remains the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the modern era, reaching the 1994 Wimbledon final at 37, 258 days - more than a year older than Venus is now.

"I think now there is really a new very good generation".

When one Williams walked out after winning the semifinal, the other entered for her's and the sisters barely exchanged glances.

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Nadal was broken at 5-6 in the second set when he sprayed a backhand long.

Nadal said that even in his darkest moments in his recent injury-hit years, he never gave up his dream of winning more Grand Slam titles. She's 22-6 in Major finals against all-comers.

Dimitrov, whose 10 straight wins this year represent his best start to a season, began brilliantly from the first exchange of the day, but he could not sustain the charge under quality pressure from Nadal, who served three games in a row to love to close out the opening set in only 35 minutes.

"I don't think there's necessarily anything to exploit", Venus said.

The 36-year-old Williams rallied in the match after dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, breaking Vandeweghe four times over the final two sets.

Venus Williams has captured the second set against an error-prone CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-2, to level their semifinal match at one set apiece.

The Australian Open finals will be the first all-Williams finals at a tennis major since 2009, when the pair met for the championship at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams is playing her 21st semifinal at a Grand Slam, and second in three majors after reaching the Wimbledon semifinals past year.

It's the "Throwback in the Outback", with longtime rivals meeting for the 35th time, the ninth in a Grand Slam final.

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