(CNN) -- World number two Roger Federer is through to the final of the Kooyong Classic in Australia, but he was given a tough test by Spain's Fernando Verdasco before securing his place.
Federer acknowledges the crowd after reaching the final of the Kooyong Classic in Australia.
Federer hit an ace on his fourth match point before securing a 6-3 3-6 7-6 victory over Verdasco in a match lasting over two hours.
It was Federer's third victory over Verdasco after beating his opponent on clay in Hamburg in 2005 and again last year.
The Swiss stormed through the opening set after grabbing a 5-0 advantage before Verdasco fought back and made the match a true contest.
The Swiss will now face either Davis Cup team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka or Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the final of the eight-man Australian Open warm-up tournament.
Despite not going into the first Grand Slam of the season as the top seed, Federer believes he can equal Pete Sampras' record of 14 Slam titles.
"I feel like I'm fit enough, motivated enough, experienced enough that I can win many more titles," Federer told PA Sport.