SportRoger Federer, Rafael Nadal set French Open semifinal clash
Federer marks record 400th Grand Slam match with victory
Roger Federer on Friday became the first player to contest 400 Grand Slam matches, marking the occasion in style with a straight-sets victory over Casper Ruud to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will face off for the 39th time, meeting in the French Open semifinals on Friday.
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In Tuesday quarterfinals, Federer dispatched countryman Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Nadal started and finished his quarterfinal during Federer-Wawrinka, cruising past Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. Rain delayed both matches for over an hour in the decisive sets.
Federer, at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, is on a personal-best five-match win streak over Nadal dating to 2015. But Nadal is 13-2 against Federer all time on clay, including 5-0 at the French Open.
Faultless Roger Federer eases into French Open quarterfinals
Roger Federer's return to French Open clay is going so smoothly he still has not dropped a set in reaching the quarterfinals. The 20-time Grand Slam winner eased through with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win Sunday against unseeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer. Federer won his only French Open in 2009 and next faces either Stan Wawrinka or Stefanos Tsitsipas. Defending champion Rafael Nadal was playing Juan Ignacio Londero later Sunday. Petra Martic and Marketa Vondrousova joined Johanna Konta in the last 8.
Each legend has dropped just one set en route to the final four. Nadal is going for a record-extending 12th French Open title, while Federer is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his lone Roland Garros title in what could be his last French Open.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic still looms on the other of the draw.
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In Tuesday’s women’s quarterfinals, No. 7 Sloane Stephens was upset by No. 26 Jo Konta of Great Britain, 6-1, 6-4.
Konta, a former world No. 4, had been winless in four previous French Open appearances. Now she’s into her third Grand Slam semifinal and first since 2017 Wimbledon. She is the first British woman to reach the semifinals in Paris since Jo Durie in 1983. No. 31 Petra Martic of Croatia or 38th-ranked Marketa Vondrousova, a Czech 19-year-old, awaits in Thursday’s semis.
Nadal, Federer in the lead as bad weather hits French Open
Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal looked on the verge of wrapping up a quick win Tuesday to make it to the semifinals for a record-extending 12th time when ominously dark clouds derailed his plans.Leading 6-1, 6-1, 4-2 against Kei Nishikori on Court Philippe Chatrier, Nadal shook his head in disbelief when tournament organizers took the decision to stop play at the clay-court Grand Slam because a thunderstorm was on its way.Before that, the closest thing to a hurricane at Roland Garros had been Nadal himself.In an impressive display of power and consistency, the 17-time Grand Slam champion had methodically picked apart Nishikori with a mix of pinpoint groundstrokes, subtle drop shots
(1) Novak Djokovic – (5) Alexander Zverev (Wednesday)
(4) Dominic Thiem – (10) Karen Khachanov (Wednesday)
(3) Roger Federer def. (24) Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4
(2) Rafael Nadal def. (7) Kei Nishikori, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
(8) Ashleigh Barty – (14) Madison Keys (Wednesday)
(3) Simona Halep – Amanda Anisimova (Wednesday)
(26) Jo Konta def. (7) Sloane Stephens, 6-1, 6-4
(31) Petra Martic – Marketa Vondrousova (Tuesday)
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