PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach Australian Open final

(BBC) Rafael Nadal set up a much-anticipated Australian Open final against old rival Roger Federer with an epic, five-set semi-final win over Grigor Dimitrov.

Rafa won 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 in almost five hours to reach a first Grand Slam final since 2014.

Rafa, who is bidding for a 15th major title, will face Swiss rival Roger Federer in Melbourne on Sunday.

After the match, Rafa said:

It’s difficult to describe the emotions. First of all, I was tired. Grigor was playing unbelievable. It was a great match. I feel very happy to be a part of it. I enjoy it. The crowd was just amazing. Many, many thanks for that huge support. To qualify for the final like this means a lot to me.

When you work hard, when you have some tough moments… last year was tough for me. It takes a while to come back to the level that you had when you were playing well. Roland Garros was a tough moment. I worked a lot during this month and a half at home. I never dreamed to be back in the final of the Australian Open. … but, here I am.

On the dream final against Federer: For me, it’s a privilege. It’s a special thing for both of us to be in a major final again. After a couple of years having problems. I have been with Roger… We feel lucky. (via Australian Open)


  1. Rafa what a amazing performance we are so happy for you I live in Florida we were up since 3:30 to 8:30 i cried tears of happiness for you and for me because I your number 1 fan. Todo mi amor para el domingo

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