PHOTO

Tennis: Nadal thrashes Federer to reach Australian Open final

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) shakes hands with Switzerland's Roger Federer after winning their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) shakes hands with Switzerland's Roger Federer after winning their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Roger Federer of Switzerland poses for a photo with Rafael Nadal of Spain before their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Roger Federer of Switzerland poses for a photo with Rafael Nadal of Spain before their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - A ruthless Rafa Nadal crushed his great rival Roger Federer 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3 on Friday to reach his third Australian Open tennis final, in which he will play Stanislas Wawrinka.

On a breezy night at Rod Laver Arena, the 2009 champion extended his winning streak in Grand Slams to six over the Swiss master in an ominous display of precision and raw power.

After dominating Federer in the first set tie-break, Nadal broke twice to charge through the second, and captured the decisive break in the third at 3-3 when his opponent blasted into the net-cord and the deflection sailed long.

Hitting winners from all corners, the Spaniard raised two match-points as Federer served to stay in the match and sealed it on the second after two hours and 24 minutes when the shell-shocked Swiss shanked a forehand long.

Comments