Can Rafael Nadal beat a renewed Roger Federer in the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open? Rafael Nadal, the number one player in the tournament and the world had to battle through four hard sets to overcome number 22 ranked Grigor Dimitrov and reach the semifinals. Both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer understand that the winner of their semifinal match which will be an epic battle will have an excellent chance to win the Australian Open because Novak Djokovic inexplicably lost to Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter finals.
Rafael Nadal in recent years would definitely be the favourite going into a match with Roger Federer, especially last year but so far in the Australian Open Roger Federer has played in a manner that resembles the years when he was the most dominant player on the tour. Roger Federer has always been a great talent but what was maybe his greatest strength was his ability to capitalize on each and every mistake of his opponent.
Rafael Nadal enters the 2014 Australiian Open semifinals in less than top form as he is suffering from a serious blister on the hand with which he holds his tennis racket and he is making mistakes on the court which would result in loss of points against a player of Roger Federer's quality. Even he had to admit that he was fortunate to defeat his young quarterfinal opponent Grigor Dimitrov as he made some mistakes which were the result of Dimitrov being too eager to score the winning point.
Rafael Nadal's semifinal match against Roger Federer may actually be the unofficial final of the 2014 Australia Open because neither player has any fear of the players in the other semifinal match. Will "Rafa" be able to overcome the injury on his hand to defeat the resurgent Roger Federer or will he miss out on the golden opportunity to reach the finals of the 2014 Australian Open and begin the year with a Grand Slam win.