World number one Rafael Nadal will face Stanislas Wawrinka in the 2014 Australian Open finals after Nadal defeated Roger Federer on Friday 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3. With the win, Nadal moves on to his 19th Grand Slam championship match. He has a 14-5 lifetime record in finals matches. It was Nadal’s fifth consecutive win over Federer.
“I played well tonight,” said Nadal. “I think I played probably my best match of the tournament.”
Nadal has a 12-0 career record over Wawrinka, who advanced to his first major final by beating three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals and Tomas Berdych in the semis.
"He's playing great," said Nadal of Wawrinka. "He's a good friend, great guy. So I am happy for him that he's in the final. He deserves it. He's playing better and better every year.”
Federer had defeated three-time finalist Andy Murray in four sets to reach his 11th consecutive Aussie Open semifinal. Federer was looking to reach his 25th major final and win his 18th major trophy.
“He did a good job,” said Federer of Nadal. “He didn't make many errors, even though I was trying to hit hard and flat. I tried to play my game. Sometimes I did play very well and sometimes I didn't. But he overall was more consistent. He deserved to win tonight. I mean, he was better. I think Rafa does a good job of neutralizing you.”