Rafa Nadal: Luck Saved Me in the 3rd Set

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Bulgaria: Rafa Nadal: Luck Saved Me in the 3rd Set Rafael Nadal qualified for the semifinals of the Australian Open. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The world number 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal praised his opponent Grigor Dimitrov after beating him 3:1 in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open.

"He has everything to become a great champion. There are some similarities with Roger Federer's style, and if he continues to play like this, he will evolve into a top player", said the Spaniard in the post-match interview.

Nadal admitted that he had been rather lucky in the 3rd set, when he was down a set point on three occasions, but managed to win the tie break.

"I was so lucky. Especially on one set point, he missed a forehand, an easy one. The match could have gone in either direction", added the 13-time Grand Slam winner.

Dimitrov remains as the only player to take a set from Nadal in this year's Australian Open.

The Spaniard will next face Andy Murray or Roger Federer.

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