Melbourne, Australia (4E Sports) – World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will clash with Stanislas Wawrinka for the Australian Open trophy after beating Roger Federer, 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3, in Friday’s semifinal.
Nadal treated legends such as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Pete Sampras to a display of remarkable passing shots, which Federer had no reply.
“I played well tonight,” said Nadal. “I think I played probably my best match of the tournament. So I am very, very, very happy for this great news that I played my best match in that semi-final against Roger.
“He arrived to that match winning two great matches against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray two days ago. I am really very happy the way I played tonight, and it is a very special moment to have the chance to be in another final,” he added.
Nadal recorded his fifth win in a row over Federer to advance to his 19th Grand Slam championship match. The Spaniard is bidding to win his 14th major title and his second at Melbourne Park, having beaten Federer in the 2009 final.
Nadal finished runner-up in 2012, losing out to Novak Djokovic in just under six hours in one of the greatest ever Grand Slam finals.
With the win, Nadal improved to 19-3 in Grand Slam semifinals and a 23-10 record over Federer as he claimed victory in two hours and 23 minutes.
The Spaniard will look to make history in the final by becoming the first man in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slam singles titles twice and he is in a strong position to accomplish it against Wawrinka.
Nadal has a commanding 12-0 head-to-head record against Wawrinka, who advanced to his first major final by beating three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals and Tomas Berdych in the semifinal.
“He’s playing great,” said Nadal of Wawrinka. “He’s a good friend, great guy. So I am happy for him that he’s in the final. He deserves it. He’s playing better and better every year.