Rafael Nadal "happy" with performance

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his quarterfinal match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during day 10 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2014
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Rafael Nadal believes that he played very well against Roger Federer in the Australian Open semi-final.

Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal has admitted that he thought his performance in the semi-final against Roger Federer was very good.

Nadal, who goes up against another Swiss player on Sunday in Stanislas Wawrinka, said that it is always tough to play Federer but that his service game was the difference on the day.

"I played well tonight, I am very happy the way that I played tonight," he told reporters after the match. "[It is a very] special moment that I have chance to be in another final. I go on court knowing it is a very tough match and if I don't play my best it's going to be tough to win.

"The important thing for me is serve well, resist at the beginning. I knew he'd come on court going for winners, taking the ball early. Today serving against his backhand I had the chance to start points with a little bit of an advantage.

"I saw [Wawrinka] play Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych. He's doing great. I know him, he's a good friend, he's serving unbelievably. I will need to play my best as I will not have a lot of chances."

Nadal got past Federer in straight sets on Friday.

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka celebrates victory in his men's singles match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic on day nine at the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 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