14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal (pictured) defeated Bulgaria's Grigor Dmitrov in five thrilling sets on Friday morning to advance to Sunday's championship match against longtime rival Roger Federer.

The match on Rod Laver Arena took 4 hours, 56 minutes to play.  The final line score was 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4.

The 30-year old Nadal has battled injuries in recent years.  This is his first Slam final since the 2014 French Open, which he won over Novak Djokovic.

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