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Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer – LIVE!


by Jack de Menezes

BY JAMES ORR

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of this Australian Open semi-final between two of the modern day greats of the sport - Rafael Nadal versus his old nemesis Roger Federer.

    • MATCH AT A GLANCE...
    • Nadal won in three sets 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3
    • The Spaniard will now play Wawrinka in Sunday's final
    • *denotes current serve

    1/24/2014 8:41:44 AM
  • 1/24/2014 8:38:47 AM
  • *Rafael Nadal 0-1 Roger Federer
    And they are off...Federer takes the first game in comfortable fashion, Nadal winning just the one point. A defeat today and Federer will no longer be the Swiss No 1, maybe that will play on his mind later on.
    1/24/2014 8:56:24 AM
  • Rafael Nadal 1-1 Roger Federer*
    A love-service hold for Nadal. Exhibition stuff from the 27-year-old. Federer had no answer to that famous forehand there.
    1/24/2014 8:59:36 AM
  • *Rafael Nadal 1-2 Roger Federer
    Federer secured the game with a fine point from the net - in the same way he had so much success against Andy Murray in the quarter-final.
    1/24/2014 9:02:25 AM
  • Rafael Nadal 2-2 Roger Federer*
    Federer's backhand gave Nadal some trouble early on, the Swiss winning the first two points of the game before Nadal got into his rhythm and sent his opponent on a merry dance.
    1/24/2014 9:08:42 AM
  • *Rafael Nadal 2-3 Roger Federer
    But that's a quick qame in the bank for Federer, holding his serve, which has looked so dominant in this tournament so far, without dropping a point.
    1/24/2014 9:10:47 AM
  • Rafael Nadal 3-3 Roger Federer*
    A case of anything you can do, I can do better...Nadal wraps up the game with a service hold of his own.
    1/24/2014 9:14:57 AM
  • *Rafael Nadal 3-4 Roger Federer
    While his forehand brought Nadal two break points, his backhand allowed Federer back into the game, the Spaniard missing three backhands during that game.
    1/24/2014 9:22:21 AM
  • Rafael Nadal 4-4 Roger Federer*
    What a marvellous rally that was to conclude the game, the power of Nadal proving too much for Federer in the end, pushing Federer back to the baseline and not allowing him forward.
    1/24/2014 9:26:33 AM
  • *Rafael Nadal 4-5 Roger Federer
    Yet another chance for Nadal to break ...but Federer holds on, a few misses from Nadal and Federer takes the game.
    1/24/2014 9:31:45 AM
  • Rafael Nadal 5-5 Roger Federer*
    A perfect ace from Nadal finishes the game. The match as close as we hoped so far, but something will have to give soon.
    1/24/2014 9:34:27 AM
  • *Rafael Nadal 5-6 Roger Federer
    What was that about ending with ace...Federer serves up one of his own, his third of the match, to comprehensively seal the game.
    1/24/2014 9:36:46 AM
  • Rafael Nadal 6-6 Roger Federer
    A 33-shot rally started the game, the longest of the match, before Federer lost the first two points of the game from his backhand. We now go to a tie-break, the 21st in matches between the pair. Such is the closeness between the two in the previous 20 they have both won 10.
    1/24/2014 9:43:18 AM
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