SPORTS DAY: Nadal licks his lips for Federer

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SPORTS DAY: Nadal licks his lips for Federer

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Federer stages great escape

Roger Federer pulled off one of the greatest escapes of his career on Tuesday, saving seven match points to come from two sets down and beat Tennys Sandgren for a place in the Australian Open semifinals. “I don’t deserve this one, but I’m standing here and obviously very happy,” said Federer, 38, who became the oldest man in 43 years to make the last four at Melbourne Park after Ken Rosewall. “I just said [to myself while losing], I believe in miracles,” added the normally ice-cool Swiss, who was slapped with a code warning for swearing and needed a rare medical timeout for a groin injury before winning 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-3. Federer plays Rafael Nadal in the semifinals...

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