Rafa Nadal battles past Gael Monfils to reach last eight

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory against Canada's Milos Raonic during their men's singles quarterfinal match on day ten of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

The Spaniard earned a superlative straight set win over the third seed to reach his first grand slam semi-final since 2014.

The Spaniard ran his record over the Frenchman to 13-2 with a second win in the series in Melbourne.

Nadal and Raonic held serve until the Canadian was broken in the eighth game, which was all Nadal needed to wrap up the set 6-4.

Of the four players in the semis, only Dimitrov is below 30 years. I felt I could play well but was not striking the ball as well as I could.

I'm very happy to be in quarte- finals of a Slam again after a couple of years.

"I had to stay very concentrated on my serve and accept that difficulties in the match can happen".

"I think I'm taking better decisions when I come out on the court, better decisions in terms of points or how I'm going to play certain players or how I'm going to prepare before my matches", he said. A set up and important breakpoint that I had passing shot, no?

"I was just really thankful that I was able to do this today, that I was able to finish my match".

Nadal will have a day's rest before he takes on Bulgarian world No 15 Grigor Dimitrov, who saw...

There are just two matches on tomorrow's card, with there being a odd phenomenon that is sometimes witnessed in Grand Slam events in the first match, between Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Dimitrov next faces Goffin.

Rafa Nadal battles past Gael Monfils to reach last eight
Rafa Nadal battles past Gael Monfils to reach last eight

The women's competition also has a retro feel after Serena Williams beat Britain's Johanna Konta 6-2, 6-3 to set up a semi-final with an emotional Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - 19 years after they last met as fellow teenage prodigies.

Nadal had to save six set points as Raonic pressed hard in the second set but he was clinical on the big points and broke the Canadian to love to wrap up the match in style.

Williams added: "We both have gone through a lot".

"I kept fighting, that was definitely key winning the second-set tiebreaker where I made some good returns", Goffin said.

"I was a bit passive but with each point I was feeling a bit better and I was finding my groove".

The 25-year-old started the year with a title in Brisbane and won 10 matches in a row. However, the ninth seed was ready for everything that was thrown at him, and he clinched the third set in a close tie break, 7-6 (9-7).

"I don't think Serena Williams needs an introduction with everything that she's achieved in this sport and continues to do so", Konta said.

"I'm looking forward to my match on Friday".

The final evening match features 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, who staged a magnificent fightback to beat rising German star Alexander Zverev in a five-set, third-round thriller. "I'm sure there would be some obligations here 24 hours after the final; it's not like you leave that night". I am focused on my semifinals'. I knew that I had the level.