The 30-year-old Nadal will bid for a 15th grand slam title, with 35-year-old Federer going for his 18th.

 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his Men's singles semi-final match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his Men's singles semi-final match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

It took nearly five hours of gruelling tennis for Rafael Nadal on Friday to fend off Grigor Dimitrov and book a dream Australian Open final against Roger Federer at Melbourne Park on Sunday.

Nadal edged Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4 in a nerve-shredding marathon to reach his first grand slam final since the 2014 French Open.

"I always had the confidence that if I am able to win some matches, then anything can happen," Nadal told reporters.

The 30-year-old Nadal will bid for a 15th grand slam title, with 35-year-old Federer going for his 18th.

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