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Rafa Nadal rolls over Milos Raonic to reach semi-finals at Melbourne

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 25/1/17 Canada's Milos Raonic reacts during his Men's singles quarter-final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 25/1/17 Canada's Milos Raonic reacts during his Men's singles quarter-final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal continued his brilliant revival at the Australian Open to topple Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(7) 6-4 on Wednesday and reach his first grand slam semi-final in three years.

The Spaniard joined Roger Federer in the last four, keeping alive the prospect of a dream final between the two great rivals who have claimed 31 grand slam titles between them.

Having not reached a major semi-final since his 2014 French Open title, the 30-year-old Nadal produced a match from his halcyon days to fell the third-seeded Canadian in two hours and 44 minutes at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal will play 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the final.

(Editing by Ken Ferris)

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