Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal defeated WorldÂ No. 3 Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals on Wednesday to seal a spot in the semifinals of the Australian Open .
Rafael Nadal overcame a strong challenge from his big-serving Canadian opponent to seal the match in straight sets. Nadal won the match 6-4, 7-6, 6-4.
Nadal shall now face rising Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov in the semis for a place in the grand finale.Dimitrov had beaten Belgium's David Goffin to clinch his maiden semifinal berth in the Australian Open.
Nadal had earlier beatenÂ Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in theÂ fourth round to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals.