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Saturday 30 August 2014

Rafa Nadal displays all the signs of a battle in Australia

Published 22/01/2014 | 10:59

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An injury is seen on the hand of Rafael Nadal of Spain during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (AUSTRALIA  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
An injury is seen on the hand of Rafael Nadal of Spain during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne

Rafa Nadal was showing all the signs of a battle as he defeated Grigor Dimitrov to set-up a mouth-watering semi-final with Roger Federer in the Australian Open.

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Nadal conceded he was lucky after the 3-6 7-6 (3) 7-6 (7) 6-2 win over the Bulgarian and Dimitrov had three set points in the third that would have given him a two sets to one lead.

The Spaniard now meets his great rival Roger Federer after he put in a scintillating performance to defeat Andy Murray.

Pictures of Nadal’s hand showed just how tough he had to dig in order to see of Dimitrov and can expect an even sterner test next time out against the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

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