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"The great pity in this magnificent match is that there had to be a loser." - Alan Wilkins

I just witnessed one of the best semifinal matches I have ever seen in my entire life. It was between Fernando Verdasco and Rafael Nadal--both left-handed and from Spain. They actually remind me of each other since they play similarly. It's the first time that two players from Spain have met in the semifinals round of the Australian Open. It was a five-set match that took them five hours and 14 minutes to finish. And I must admit, Rafael Nadal has been invincible the whole tournament. All throughout this year's Australian Open, he has never dropped a set in any of the matches against his competitors. So it's really quite amazing that this other Spaniard, who's ranked 14th in the world, gave world number 1 Rafael Nadal such a hard time!

I knew this would be quite an interesting match as soon as Verdasco won the first set, winning the tiebreak, 7-4. The second set was nearly as close as the first, with lots of breaks of serve from both players. As soon as Nadal broke Verdasco, Verdasco would break right back! Grabe talaga!!! Anyway, Nadal got the second set, 6-4. The third set once again, led to a tiebreak that Nadal eventually won, 7-2. So we have two sets to one, in favor of Nadal. Now the fourth set led to another tiebreak which was one of the highlights of the whole match. It just took about 10 minutes for Fernando Verdasco to win the tiebreak, 7-1! Can you imagine? Verdasco won SIX straight points with one AMAZING drop shot that just clipped the line! He was soooo motivated and determined and he never lost focus even if his left leg was cramping up. Truly mind-boggling. Now both players have two sets a piece. It's all down to the fifth set. No breaks of serve until the tenth game (Nadal was leading 5 games to 4) when Verdasco was serving. Unforced errors from Verdasco gave Nadal three match points. And he saved two of them with smashes. Damn this guy never gave up! I am soooo amazed. Unfortunately, this was the time that he had to make a double fault (Just the third of the match and he was serving soooo well the whole time!) which eventually won Nadal a spot in the finals. The final score was 6(4)-7, 6-4, 7-6(2), 6(1)-7, 6-4.

Rafael Nadal is going to face Roger Federer who annihilated Andy Roddick in their semifinal match, winning 6-2 7-5 7-5. Ranked number 2 after a not-too-good-2008, Roger Federer said that he'd be watching this game. I'm not sure if he finished it due to it's length but I sure hope he got some pointers from that hottie Verdasco! Hahahaha! :"> A lot of variety in Federer's shots and most importantly, endurance 'cause Nadal is gonna tire him and force him to commit all those unforced errors. Best of luck, Fed! Lezzgooo! :D

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