Nadal Advances and the Williams Sisters Are Ready
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The scene is set for the men's final at the Australian Open. Ninth seed Rafael Nadal joined Roger Federer in the final with a 4-hour, 56-minute semifinal win over 15th-seed Grigor Dimitrov, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
Nadal and Federer have met 34 times with Nadal coming out on top in 23 of the matches.
Federer is the only man with more major titles than Nadal, leading 17 to 14. Nadal has beaten the Swiss star in six of their eight major finals.
Coming up tonight, U.S. time, the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, are squaring off for the women's championship.
The pairing is the ninth between the two in a Grand Slam final and first since the 2003 Australian Open. A win by Serena would be her 23rd in a major tournament and that would be an all-time record, while Venus is gunning for her eighth major and first since Wimbledon in 2008.