Rafael Nadal was elated as he progressed through to his first Australian Open final after an epic match yesterday.
The World No1 won 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 7-5 (7/2), 5-7 (1/7) after a record five-set battle with fellow Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco.
"Right now I feel more happy than tired," said Nadal, after the five hours and 14 minutes match – now the longest in the tournament's history.
"For sure it's going to be a tough final. But it was amazing for me to play that match here. It was one of the best matches of my career."
Nadal will face three-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer in tomorrow's final.
"It's going to be a little bit tough tomorrow. Roger had the day off and only three sets in his semi-final so now, for sure, he's the favourite," added Nadal.
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