Roger Federer’s bid to win a fifth Australian Open title has ended at the hands of long-time rival Rafael Nadal.This content was published on January 26, 2012 - 13:59
Ranked number two in the world, the Spaniard defeated Federer in a thrilling four-set match 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in Melbourne on Thursday.
The two players were neck-and-neck for much of the game which lasted nearly four hours.
Nadal won the 2009 Australian title but lost in the quarterfinals in his next two trips to Melbourne Park. Federer hasn't added to his record 16 Grand Slam titles since he won the 2010 Australian Open.
"I thought Rafa played well from start to finish," Federer said. "It was a tough match physically as well. I'm disappointed, but it's only the beginning of the season. I'm feeling all right, so it's OK."
Nadal will play the winner of Friday’s semifinal between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
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