Rafael Nadal through to Australian Open final after five-set battle



Melbourne (CNN)The Australian Open men's final is one everyone hoped for — but few expected.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — the friendly rivals, behemoths who own a combined 31 majors — will meet in a grand slam final for the first time in six years after the Spaniard beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 with the match finishing after midnight in Melbourne Friday.

The Spaniard secured a crucial break in the fifth set's ninth game and although Dimitrov saved two match points, an overhit shot from the Bulgarian handed the match to Nadal.


Source: Deparadigm

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