Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Two Kings down under

They're BACK - Tennis veterans Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, are fully back in the limelight, becoming part of the final four, at the Australian Open 2017.  The part could meet in the finals, if both players prevail on their Semi-Final matches.

Rafael Nadal has completed the semifinal line-up for Australian Open 2017, the 2009 Melbourne Park champion eliminating third seed Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(7) 6-4 in their quarterfinal at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday night.

Nadal's victory sends the 14-time Grand Slam champion to the semis in Australia for the fifth time, while Raonic fell a match short of matching his semifinal run in Melbourne 12 months ago.

Nadal, seeded No.9 in Melbourne, will meet Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in Friday night’s semifinal, after the 15th seed continued his perfect start to 2017 with a straight-sets win over David Goffin earlier on Wednesday.

Federer the Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner says he did not expect to reach the Australian Open semi-finals after a six-month injury lay-off.

The four-time champion in Melbourne is making his competitive return after last playing at Wimbledon in July.

Federer beat Mischa Zverev 6-1 7-5 6-2 to set up Thursday's last-four match against fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

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