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Kei Nishikori

Roger Federer’s long road back leads to the final

Roger Federer’s long road back leads to the final

Back in October, Roger Federer joined his rival, Rafael Nadal, to inaugurate the new tennis academy on the Spaniard’s home island of Mallorca. 

Both of them were injured — Federer was recovering from knee surgery, Nadal had an ailing wrist. And neither knew when they’d return to top form and perhaps contend for Grand Slam titles again. 

It turns out the wait wasn’t long. Federer beat Stan Wawrinka on Thursday to reach his first Australian Open final since 2010, and Nadal could join him with a victory in his semifinal match with Grigor Dimitrov on Friday. 

“I was on one leg. He had the wrist injury. And we were playing some mini-tennis with some juniors and...

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