Result: Rafael Nadal reaches Australian Open final by beating Roger Federer in straight sets

Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Gael Monfils in their Australian Open third round match on January 18, 2014
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Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in straight sets to reach Australian Open final.

Rafael Nadal will fight for the Australian Open title against Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday after beating former world number one Roger Federer 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 in the Rod Laver Arena.

The prolific competitors were evenly matched at the start of the first set with games going by the way of serve, but Federer came the closest to grabbing the first break.

The Swiss pro went 30 to love up in the fourth game, but Nadal managed to battle back to hold serve and keep proceedings level in the opening set.

Then it was the Spaniard's turn to take advantage, but he squandered two break points to keep Federer in the game as both players struggled to find the breakthrough.

The set was eventually decided by a tie-break, and it was Nadal who managed to take his chances and grab a one-set lead with a 7-4 in the decider.

The start of the second set was interrupted for a short period of time while Nadal sought treatment on the blisters on his hands, but it failed to trouble the Spaniard, who had the first opportunity of a break.

Federer was able to hold out once again, but not for long as Nadal managed to get the first break point on the board, putting himself in control of the second set.

Despite some swift shots across the court from Federer, he struggled to launch a comeback in the second, resulting in Nadal doubling his lead.

The Swiss pro had it all to do in the third, but Nadal kept his opponent on the back foot by taking an early break point.

However, Federer put up a fight by breaking back instantly, taking his first break point after two hours and two minutes of play, but unfortunately for the sixth seed, it didn't last long.

The world number one broke Federer to give himself the edge, and then broke serve for the third time in the set to win the match.

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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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