Rafael Nadal rolled past Roger Federer on Friday to reach the final of the
2014 Australian Open. The world No. 1 Nadal earned a dominant 7-6 (7-4), 6-3,
6-3 victory over his long-time rival to reach his second Australian Open final
in the last three years. He improved to 23-10 in the all-time series against
Federer, including 9-2 in Grand Slam play and 3-0 in Melbourne. Nadal's
opponent in the final will be eighth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who will
appear in his first career major final after defeating Tomas Berdych in the
semifinals on Thursday.
The women's final will take place Saturday with China's Li Na squaring off
against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova. Li advanced to her third Australian
Open final Thursday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Canadian Eugenie Bouchard,
while Cibulkova reached her first Grand Slam final with a 6-1, 6-2 win over
fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.