Rafael Nadal continued his dominant streak over Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final for the third time, beating the 17-time major winner 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 Friday night to set up a championship decider against No. 8-seeded Stan Wawrinka. (Match highlights, as it happened)
Nadal has won 23 of his 33 matches against Federer, including nine of 11 in the majors. The 27-year-old Spaniard is now one victory away from becoming the first man to win all four majors at least twice in the Open era, and from joining Pete Sampras in second place on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners with 14.