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Nadal and Federer will play a dream semi-final at Roland Garros

Nadal and Federer will play a dream semi-final at Roland Garros

Not a storm could prevent it. Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer qualified for a luxury semi-final at Roland Garros, which will put them face to face, in a legendary tennis duel that will be decided by one of the finalists of this edition.

Nadal overwhelmed Kei Nishikori by an unappealable 6-1, 6-1 and 6-3, while Federer beat Stan Wawrinka in a Swiss duel in four sets, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-7 (5/7) and 6-4.

It will be the 39th duel between the two stars and the sixth between the two on the clay of Paris, where Nadal always beat Federer, in the semifinals in 2005 and then in the finals of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

However, Nadal has been unable to beat Federer since the 2014 Australian Open semi-finals.

The Swiss has defeated him in their last five games, to which is added a sixth due to the loss of the Spanish before the duel that they were to play this year in the Indian Wells semifinals.

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All of those last Federer triumphs over Nadal were on concrete, none on clay, a surface in which the Spanish clearly dominates the Swiss (13-2) and in which Federer has not defeated his historic rival since the Madrid final of 2009, more than ten years ago.

Nadal is now just two wins away from enlarging his legend with a twelfth title at Roland Garros, a tournament in which Federer was champion on one occasion, just a decade ago (2009), and where he is making his comeback after four years without compete in this second annual Grand Slam event.

– For the twelfth time –

In his match against Nishikori, world number seven, Nadal gave a show of forcefulness with his 6-1, 6-1 and 6-3, losing only five games, in his most convincing victory at this Roland Garros, even more than in the first round against German Yannick Hanfmann (180º), before whom he had conceded six.

«I am very satisfied, it is incredible. I have many emotions. Going back to the semi-finals is very important to me, ”Nadal declared on the court.

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It is the twelfth time that Nadal has managed to qualify for the semifinals at Roland Garros and the 31st that he will play the penultimate round of a Grand Slam.

Whenever he managed to reach the semifinals in Paris, he ended up lifting the Musketeers’ Cup, a hopeful fact in his particular adventure.

His next rival, Roger Federer, was very excited about the duel against Nadal.

«I came partly to play against Nadal here. So I already have that ”, Federer celebrated in a message to the public from the track.

For the Basel tennis player, it is a return to the semi-finals at Roland Garros seven years later.

Wawrinka, meanwhile, is eliminated in these rooms, but showing that he is back.

He had not reached this round in a Grand Slam since the 2017 edition of Roland Garros, in which he was runner-up, just before the double knee operation that made him move away from the elite, to the point of being in June a year ago. year in 263º position of the ATP classification.

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– Konta casts runner-up –

In the women’s team, Johanna Konta, 26th world player, became the first British tennis player to qualify for the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 36 years, after defeating American Sloane Stephens, number seven in the ranking, 6-1, 6-4. and runner-up last year.

Konta, who sealed her victory in one hour and ten minutes, will play for a place in the grand final against the winner of the quarterfinal match that measures Croatian Petra Martic (31st) with 19-year-old Czech Marketa Vondrousova (38th) .

There had not been a female tennis player of British nationality in the semi-finals at Roland Garros since 1983, when Jo Durie fell in that round.

The quarterfinals will continue on Wednesday, with Novak Djokovic-Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem-Karen Khachanov in the men’s draw, and with Simona Halep-Amanda Anisimova and Madison Keys-Asleigh Barty in the women’s. AFP

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