2012 Australian Open, Semifinal
Nadal wins 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4
Nadal and Federer landed in the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time since the 2005 French Open, ending a 26-major streak. That led to a showdown in the semifinals, where Nadal showed some brilliant shotmaking in his victory. Nadal improved to 8-2 against Federer in Grand Slam tournaments, including 2-0 at the Australian Open.
Nadal leads series 18-9.