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Nadal beats Federer, Errani/Vinci defends

English.news.cn   2014-01-24 21:24:56

 Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning his men's singles semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 24, 2014. Nadal won 3-0. (Xinhua/Jin Linpeng)

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in straight sets to meet Stanislas Wawrinka in Australian Open final while Sara Errani and Robert Vinci defended their women's doubles title here on Friday.

World No.1 Nadal defeated Federer 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3 in a stunning display. In the tiebreak of the first set, the Spaniard dictated from the baseline to surge into a 5-1 lead and earned two set points with a big forehand into the corner before converting his first as Federer went long on a backhand.

Nadal broke Federer in the sixth game of the second set. When he was trailing as he served for the set, Nadal reeled off four straight points to take the set.

Federer lost his serve again in the third game of the third set. But the Swiss immediately worked his way back to take his first break point of the match. But Nadal then made no mistake and broke his arch-rival twice more, in the seventh and ninth game, to triumph.

Nadal recorded his fifth consecutive victory over Federer to advance into his 19th Grand Slam final and is also bidding to win his 14th major title and join Pete Sampras in second place on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners. Federer led with 17.

The Spaniard will meet No.8 seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in Sunday's final and is one win away from being the first man in the Open era to win all four Grand Slams at least twice.

In women's doubles final, top-seeded pair of Errani and Vinci beat Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 3-6 and 7-5 to defend their title.

The victory made the Italian pair the first women's doubles team to win back-to-back Australian titles since Serena and Venus Williams managed the feat in 2010.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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