Rafael Nadal: 'Playing Roger Federer is special'

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal describes his upcoming Australian Open semi-final match against Roger Federer as "special".

Rafael Nadal has insisted that every match he plays against Roger Federer is "special".

The pair are due to meet in the semi-finals of the Australian Open later this week in a repeat of the 2009 final in Melbourne.

"We have played a lot of matches against each other," the Spaniard told reporters. "All are very important moments for our careers and very high moments.

"So the match is special. I don't know how many we have played, but most were finals or a few semi-finals in a Masters Cup.

"For what the match represents, it is always special against him."

Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych to reach the last four, while Federer overcame the challenge of Juan Martin Del Potro.

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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