World number one Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final earlier today, despite suffering from a painful blister on his racquet hand.
The Spaniard, 27, overcame his hand injury and defeated Federer 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3. He will now face Stanislas Wawrinka for the title on Sunday in Melbourne.
"The blister is good. It looks better every day. We are doing the right things. The blister today is not a problem any more for normal life. It's not painful," said Nadal.
"The problem is to play tennis. The only problem is the position of the blister, the place," he added.
Nadal played with taped up fingers, but was forced to stop and take a medical timeout so his palm injury could be attended to.