Nadal Beats Federer to Reach Australian Open Final

Sports | January 24, 2014, Friday // 14:21|  views

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrated after his win on Friday. Photo by The New York Times

Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final and maintain his dominance over the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The world number one came through 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3 and goes on to face Federer's compatriot, Stanislas Wawrinka, for the title on Sunday.

And the Spaniard, 27, will be a strong favourite to claim his 14th Slam, and become only the third man to win all four majors at least twice.

Nadal was in brilliant form in his 33rd meeting with Federer, overcoming a blister on his racquet hand and, if anything, growing stronger as the match progressed.

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Tags: Grand Slam, Australian Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka


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