Rafael Nadal gets the best of Roger Federer in Australian Open classic
Rafael Nadal has beaten Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final, extending his command in the personal duel between two of the best tennis players of all time.
No. 2-ranked Nadal won their semi-final 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 Thursday to improve his record to 8-2 in Grand Slam head-to-heads against Federer. It was the first time the pair has met in major semi-final since the 2005 French Open.
Nadal will play the winner of Friday’s semi-final between defending champion Novak Djokovic and two-time finalist Andy Murray. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)