Rafael Nadal admits "luck" against Grigor Dimitrov

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his second round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014
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Rafael Nadal says that he was "lucky" to book a place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open after a scare against Grigor Dimitrov.

Rafael Nadal believes that he was "lucky" to beat Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday and advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

The world number one, who missed the tournament last year due to injury, saved three set points with the match at one set each, before going on to earn a 3-6 7-6 7-6 6-2 victory in three hours and 37 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.

"I was so lucky," said Nadal. "Especially on one set point, he missed an easy one. The fourth set was for me and I'm very happy for that. I love this tournament. I'm very happy to be in the semi-finals after missing it last year. I suffered a lot."

Nadal has set up a mouth-watering clash against either Roger Federer or Andy Murray for a place in the final.

Rafael Nadal roars in celebration during the Australian Open quarter-final against Grigor Dimitrov in Melbourne on January 22, 2014
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060