Result: Rafael Nadal to meet Roger Federer in semi-final

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal beats Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open to set up a semi-final meeting with Roger Federer in Melbourne.

Rafael Nadal fought back from a one-set deficit to advance through to the semi-final of the Australian Open at the expense of Tomas Berdych.

It took over an hour for Berdych to clinch the first set after a controversial moment between Nadal and a line judge at the Rod Laver Arena. The 25-year-old attempted to challenge a shot from his opponent during a tie-break but due to the lateness of his call, was refused by the umpire.

The world number two claimed that he was waiting for the female line judge to confirm that the shot before requesting a challenge. The line official in question was swiftly replaced after Berdych took a one-set lead in Melbourne.

Nadal recovered from that setback to level up the scores following another tie-breaker. On this occasion, the former world number one came out on top 8-6.

Both players traded breaks in the third set, before Nadal's second break proved to be decisive as he went on to take a 2-1 lead with a 6-4 success.

Mallorca-born Nadal broke Berdych early in the fourth set to open up a two-game advantage. Berdych was unable to produce a comeback and was eventually broken again as Nadal wrapped up a 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-3 victory.

The Spaniard will now face Roger Federer for a place in the final.

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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