Roger Federer will resume his rivalry with Rafael Nadal when the two meet in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Friday evening.
Federer, who defeated Andy Murray in four sets in the quarter-finals, has failed to beat the Spaniard in a Slam for seven years and will be looking to make a first Grand Slam final in nearly three.
Nadal was imperious last year, winning both the US Open and French Open whilst also regaining his world number one ranking from Novak Djokovic.
He triumphed in four sets against Grigor Dimitrov to set up the mouthwatering clash against the former world number one, yet will be wary given the impressive nature of Federer’s performances over the last 11 days.
Both Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have been dispatched with the loss of just a single set.
Federer and Nadal met in the 2009 Australian Open final in a titanic clash that ended with Nadal lifting the trophy whilst a tearful Federer looked on.
With Murray and Djokovic out on the tournament it will be an opportunity missed for either player if they fail to conquer the other tomorrow night.
Federer currently has 17 slam titles, whilst Nadal trails by three and will be hoping for a shot at a 15th against finalist Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday.
Federer, meanwhile, will be hoping to meet his friend and countryman having appeared dead and buried after a shambolic 2013 that saw him slip to sixth in the world rankings.
The eyes of the tennis world will be on the most fascinating of tennis matches. Melbourne will be the stage for the greats of the game to do battle once again.
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