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Australian Open: Nadal Defeats Dimitrov; Meets Roger Federer In Finals

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will face each other again in the final of the Australian open.

Nadal survived an epic five set match to defeat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6 6-7 6-4 in almost five hours to reach a first Grand Slam final since 2014.

Dimitrov produced an outstanding blend of offensive and defensive tennis, but was broken in the eighth game of the deciding set before Nadal served it out, to set up the dream final.

Nadal and Federer have met in eight grand slam finals, including the 2009 Australian Open final with Nadal wining six times.

Dimitrov’s wait to reach a maiden Slam final continues after Nadal, 30, inflicted his first defeat of the year.

Nadal, who is attempting to win a 15th major title, will face Swiss rival Federer, 35, in Melbourne on Sunday.

“I never dreamed to be back in the final of the Australian Open,” said Nadal.

“It is a very special thing for both of us to be playing again in a major final. Neither of us probably thought we would be here again.”

The ninth seed will meet Federer, who needed five sets to beat compatriot Stan Wawrinka in Thursday’s first semi-final, in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena at 08:30 GMT.

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