Best of the Roger-Rafa rivalry

Updated: January 25, 2012, 9:12 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Tennis fans have had no shortage of tantalizing matchups during the Australian Open. Roger Federer confronted young, fast-rising Aussie Bernard Tomic, Federer tangled with Juan Martin del Potro in a repeat of the 2009 U.S. Open final, and Novak Djokovic played Aussie veteran Lleyton Hewitt.

Now comes the best of the bunch: It's Federer versus Rafael Nadal in the semifinals Thursday.

With their 27th meeting looming, we look back at their top five matches. ...

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