Rafael Nadal's hopes of a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title are still well and truly alive after his four-set victory over Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
The Spaniard raced into an opening 3-0 lead before Berrettini upped his game as the first set went on, but Nadal took full advantage of a number of errors from the Italian's backhand.
Berettini made things interesting by forcing a fourth set as he began to ask questions of Nadal, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion advanced to the final with a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory.
"I started the match playing great. The first two sets were one of the best so far since a long time," Nadal said during his on-court interview.
"Then I know how good Matteo is, he is a very solid player, very dangerous. He played some great shots, passing shot down the line, unbelievable. Then, yeah, then I had to suffer and wanted to fight in the fourth again.
"I enjoy the atmosphere a lot. I can't complain at all .I knew before the match that the roof is going to be closed. A month-and-a-half I didn't know if I was going to play tennis. It doesn't matter if it is outdoors or indoors today. I just wanted to play and do my best."