Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal and will have a chance to win his second title here in Sunday’s final.
Although this wasn’t a final match between these two superstars, everyone was full of expectations as they stepped out on the jam packed Rod Laver arena.
Federer got off to a quick start, as he normally does and took a 4-1 lead. Nadal managed to recover, taking the set into a tiebreak, but the Swiss was the one to take it in the end.
The second set started very much like the first one, Federer breaking Nadal straight away and you had the feeling that he was in full control of the match. Not against Nadal – the Spaniard fought back and after breaking Federer’s serve three times alltogether, there was no doubt that we had a match on our hands.
Nadal’s body language was a lot more positive going into the third set but Federer managed to stay with him. The Swiss saved a set point in the 11th game and took the set to a second tiebreak of the evening. This time, the Spaniard got off to a 6-1 lead and despite Federer saving another 4 set points, he managed to seal the set.
Federer tried to stay aggresive in the fourt set and often got up to the net, but Rafa’s passing shots were simply outstanding throughout the whole match. Nadal was the one to lift up his hands in the air as he served out the match, taking the fourth set 6-4.
He will now play either the defending champion and world no.1 Djokovic or Britain’s Murray in Sunday’s final.
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