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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.

Federer comes back from two sets down

Roger Federer saved numerous match points. Credit: PA

Swiss third seed Roger Federer has beaten Croatian ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-7 (4/7) 4-6 6-3 7-6 (11/9) 6-3 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Federer was two sets down and saved many Match Points to stay in the game before completing what looked like an unlikely win at one stage.

Federer eases way into quarter finals

Roger Federer was never in any trouble. Credit: PA

Roger Federer equalled the record for most grand slam singles wins after he beat American Steve Johnson in the Wimbledon fourth round.

Federer eased past Johnson 6-2 6-3 7-5 on Centre Court to draw level with Martina Navratilova's record of 306 victories in major competition and will stand alone if he overcomes Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.

The Swiss has also now reached the last eight 14 times at the All England Club, which levels the men's Open era record for the tournament held by Jimmy Connors.

Brit Marcus Willis to take on Federer

Marcus Willis Credit: PA

British tennis player Marcus Willis' first appearance on Wimbledon's Centre Court will see him take on Roger Federer in the last match on court.

Willis, ranked 772nd in the world, beat world number 54 Ricardas Berankis on Monday booking his second round clash with the Swiss.

He came close to quitting tennis earlier in the year, but his girlfriend, Jenny, convinced him to give it another go.

Rain saw a number of matches postponed on Tuesday, including that of Brit Heather Watson who was due to take on Annika Beck.


Federer brands new special move as the 'SABR'

Watch out for the 'SABR'. Credit: PA

Roger Federer has branded his new special move "SABR" - the sneak attack by Roger.

The new shot was invented by the 17-time major champion in Cincinnati last month where he charged his opponent's serve and hit half-volley returns from the edge of the service line.

The audacious move proved a hit with Federer and fans alike, with the Swiss continuing to unleash his latest weapon in tournaments ever since.

Federer eased into the US Open fourth round on Friday with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber and after the match announced a name for his new stroke.

"We sort of came up with that name, sneak attack by Roger, SABR," Federer said.

"I don't know. Call it 'Fed-Attack', call it whatever you want, but I thought it was kind of funny.

"Today again it worked a couple of times. I didn't get that many second serves when I thought I could use it, but moving forward it's an option."

Classy Roger Federer safely through in straight sets

Federer coasted into round two. Credit: PA

Roger Federer produced some magical tennis to sweep aside Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1 6-3 6-3 in the sweltering heat on centre court.

The seven-times Wimbledon champion took only one hour and eight minutes to progress into the second round, and remains on course for his 18th Grand Slam.

Andy Murray's match against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin is next up on the showpiece court.

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