Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 to reach the final of the Australian Open, where the Spaniard will face Roger Federer on Sunday.
Nadal eventually overcame Dimitrov over five sets and almost five hours of tennis. It is the first time Nadal, the world No9 seed, has reached a major final since 2014.
The 30-year-old overcame tournament favourite Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals after beating Gaël Monfils in the fourth round, before victory over Dimitrov.
The Bulgarian’s huge serve helped him to stay in the match and take the fourth set. But Nadal fought back, winning the fifth and final set to eventually condemn the No15 seed to defeat.
Nadal and Federer have not met in a grand slam final since the 2011 French Open final – which Nadal won – but the pair will now be reunited in Sunday’s final.
Federer overcame his Swiss compatriot, Stan Wawrinka, 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in a match that spanned more than three hours on Thursday.