Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) shakes hands with Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria after their men's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Bobby Yip)
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A battle-scarred Rafa Nadal admitted he got lucky as he moved into the semifinals of the Australian Open Wednesday with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2 win over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.Dimitrov, seeded 22nd, broke Nadal in the second game of the match and raced to a 5-2 lead, holding on to win it 6-3 with some attractive shot-making.Nadal hit back to win the second set and led by a break in the third before Dimitrov rallied, earning himself a set point chance at 6-5, only to see it slide away as the Spaniard prevailed in a tight tiebreaker.The 22-year-old Dimitrov was appearing in his first grand slam quarterfinal and Nadal said he believed the Bulgarian would be a threat at every tournament from now on.
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