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Nadal sets up vintage Federer final in Australian Open

Rafael Nadal sinks to his knees after beating Grigor Dimitrov. Credit: PA

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will go head to head in a vintage Australian Open final after the Spaniard sealed an epic five-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov.

Nadal triumphed 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 after just short of five hours on Rod Laver Arena and will now face Federer, his greatest rival, in a mouth-watering showdown on Sunday.

Dimitrov threatened to derail Melbourne's dream reunion by twice coming from behind to force a decider, but Nadal was relentless, powering his way through to his 21st major final and first since winning the French Open in 2014.

Nadal pulls out of French Open

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the French Open with a wrist injury, he has announced.

He said: "I arrived here with a little bit of pain but it was something I was able to manage, but every day it was a little bit worse. We spent a lot of hours here working so hard to try to play.

"Yesterday I played with an injection, with anaesthetic, and I could play but yesterday night I started to feel more and more pain and this morning I felt I couldn't move the wrist.

"I had a scan and the results are not positive. It's not broken but if I keep playing it's going to be broken the next couple of days.

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