Nadal outlasted Verdasco


Rafael Nadal has overcome Fernando Verdasco in an extraordinary five-set semifinal encounter that lasted five hours and 14 minutes to become the longest match in Australian Open history, 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(2) 6-7(1) 6-4 victory that ended after 314 minutes at 1.08am.

Nadal, who has reached the Australian Open final for the first time in his career, will now play three-time Australian Open champion Federer in Sunday night’s eagerly-anticipated decider

Quick facts
Verdasco hit 95 winners to Nadal’s 52
The 14th seed had 76 unforced errors; the No.1 seed had only 25
Verdasco served 20 aces to Nadal’s 12
Nadal converted just four of 20 break point opportunities, while Verdasco was 2-for-4 on break point chances
Nadal won 193 points to Verdasco’s 192 for the match
The match lasted 314 minutes, an Australian Open record

013009 friday/info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images


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