The last time Federer and Nadal played against each other in a grand slam tournament was three years ago, in the 2014 Australian Open.
Roger Federer has rallied to reach the final of the Australian Open, beating Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in just over three hours.
Federer, 35, and the Williams sisters - 36-year-old Venus and 35-year-old Serena - had clinched their spots in the finals on Throwback Thursday. This was the 30-year-old Nadal's second five-setter in the tournament after his quarterfinal clash against Alexander Zverev. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the only two men to have claimed at least 14 grand slam singles titles while winning each of the four slams, will renew their epic rivalry.
His opponent seized on the opportunity, breaking immediately and serving out the match minutes later, converting his third match point to ensure he will face Federer for a 35th time in Sunday's final.
The Spaniard will take on his long-time rival on Sunday in Melbourne, in their ninth Grand Slam final, as he looks to add a 15th major to his collection. The victor of this match will take on Roger Federer. "I think the player who play better is going to be the victor". "So was a great quality of tennis", he said. "To qualify for the final in a match like this means a lot to me". The final lasted four hours and 23 minutes with Nadal prevailing in the fifth set to secure his first hard court championship. And there was a point in the fifth set (game 8) where Dimitrov seemed to have got Rafa's number. "I feel lucky and very happy". It's lovely. I'm probably (Nadal's) number one fan. If I lose, that's it. Grigor deserves it, too.' I think both of us deserved to be in that final. Was a great fight.
"Now I'm going to go back to the locker room and say thanks to my team for the support, then just try to recover", Nadal said.
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Then he turned his attention to Sunday, and the match that transcends tennis.
So, it's back to the good old days as tennis fans will once again be treated to a Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Grand Slam final. Nadal had been nursing a wrist injury. Federer took six months to recover from a knee injury. Nadal will be hoping to cut the gap and move into outright second on the all-time list by winning his 15th.
She also reached the final of the Australian Open for the first time since 2003 - a gap of 14 years.
In the end, there was very little to choose between the two players. It will be the first time in the Open era that all four singles finalists are older than 30.
Nadal is 6-2 in those meetings, though it will be the first time they will square off in a major final since the 2011 French Open. "This opponent is your sister, and she's super awesome", Venus told the publication. Serena has won 22 titles, while Venus has won seven.