Federer appears to be returning to his best form after an impressive four-set victory against Murray, with the Swiss coming out of the traps flying and he can be backed at 11/4 with BetVictor free bet to claim a fifth Aussie Open title.
It has been four years since the number six seed was last victorious in Melbourne although new coach Stefan Edberg has instilled a new-found confidence in his play as Federer bids to make a Grand Slam final for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2012.
“For me it’s an amazing result to be in the semis,” said Federer. “This one feels different because of the tougher times I’ve had in the slams.
“Plus what I really love is another Swiss is in the semis as well. It’s the first time in history. So that’s a big deal.
“I didn’t think about it all the time when I was playing, but it was definitely inspiring tennis by him. For me, it’s as well a dream run, and I hope I can keep it up against Rafa.
“Clearly when you’re in the semis, you start dreaming. There’s no doubt about that.”
Nadal is a 20/21 chance to win this year’s Australian Open following the surprise exit of Novak Djokovic although a semi-final against Federer promises to be some tussle, with the Spaniard having to recover from losing the first set of his quarter final against Grigor Dimitrov before claiming a win in four sets.
The number one seed is a best price 4/7 with BetVictor to beat Federer, although Paddy Power’s 8/15 could be the play considering you will get money back if Nadal wins the first set but loses the match.
Federer said: “He’s been tough to play against, no doubt. I’m happy I get a chance to play him in a slam again.
“The head-to-head record is in his favour. I’m looking forward to speaking to Stefan, because when we spoke together when he came to Dubai and we spoke about the game, we clearly spoke about playing Rafa, as well. He thought he had some good ideas.”
There are two Swiss players in the final four, with Stanislas Wawrinka winning another epic five-setter against Djokovic following their fourth round battle twelve months ago which went the Serbian’s way.
Wawrinka is the 8/11 favourite with Paddy Power to win his semi-final although Tomas Berdych was an impressive four-set winner against David Ferrer and the Czech player will have his own aspirations of reaching a Grand Slam final, having done the same at Wimbledon 2010.