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  • Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning match point in his semifinal match against Grigor Dimitrov (Getty Images AsiaPac)Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
28 Jan 2017 - 2:05 AM  UPDATED 28 Jan 2017 - 2:05 AM

The stage is set for two epic finals to see off the Australian Open for 2017, as Rafael Nadal booked his spot in the tournament decider on the Grand Slam’s 12th day.

It took the Spaniard champion five sets across almost five hours against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov to do so.

The final score in the incredible semi-final was 6-4 5-7 7-6 6-7 6-4.

Nadal will now face Swiss champion Roger Federer in a final that promises to be one for the ages.

It’s the first time the pair is meeting in a Grand Slam final since Roland Garros in 2011.

Nadal says neither player thought they’d ever meet in a Grand Slam final again.

Nadal’s victory means all four singles finalists are over the age of 30.

Tonight, 35-year-old Serena Williams will face her sister, 36-year-old Venus Williams in the women’s final.

On Sunday evening, Nadal, who is 30, will play the ninth seed Federer, 35, looking to win an 18th Grand Slam title.

Nadal says he’ll prepare well over the next day.

But, given his injuries over the last year, he is still pinching himself he’s through to the Australian Open final.

Dimitrov displayed incredible endurance in the semi-final against Nadal.

He’ll have to wait until the US Open for a shot at his maiden Grand Slam final appearance.

He says he’s proud of what he’s achieved over the past four weeks.

Earlier in the day, Australians Sam Stosur and Sam Groth were defeated in the mixed doubles semifinals, while Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal defeated Elina Svitolina and Chris Guccioine.

In the women’s doubles final, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Shuai Peng.

On Saturday evening, Serena Williams will face older sister Venus in the women’s final, followed by the men’s doubles, where Henri Kontinen and John Peers will take on Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

In the men’s wheelchair singles final, Nicolas Peifer will face Gustavo Fernandez, while the women’s contest will feature Jiske Griffioen and Yui Kamiji.