Rafael Nadal has a superior head-to-head record against Roger Federer © Getty Images
Rafael Nadal has a superior head-to-head record against Roger Federer © Getty Images

Spaniard Rafael Nadal beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-final of the Australian Open 2017. He will meet Roger Federer in the final, on Sunday. Many from the cricket fraternity have congratulated Nadal on his win in a match that went the distance. Nadal beat Dimitrov in five sets — 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. Nadal and Federer have not met in a Grand Slam final since 2011. Federer overcame countryman Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-final to make it to yet another Grand Slam final. Federer will be gunning for his 18th Grand Slam title, while a win in the final on Sunday will give Nadal his 15th Grand Slam title.

On Sunday, we will also see the Williams sisters — Venus and Serena — facing off against each other in the women’s final. “We never thought that we [Federer and I] had the chance to be again in a final,” said Nadal after his semi-final clash, according to The Telegraph.  “Both of us I think worked very hard to be where we are. It’s great that again we are in a moment like this and we going to have a chance again to enjoy. Now I going to go back to the locker room and say thanks to my team for the support, then just try to recover. First of all, I need to go to sleep. That’s the first thing that is important for the recover. After that [I’ll] try to do all the things the right way to be ready for Sunday.”

 

 

 

 

 

Nadal currently leads the head-to-head ties against Federer. Of the 34 matches these tow have played, Nadal has won 23 and Federer just 11.