Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals on Friday, to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title after handing his oldest rival his worst Grand Slam defeat in 11 years.
The 33-year-old produced a masterful performance to get past Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the last four on Court Philippe Chatrier and set up a final clash with either world number one Novak Djokovic or Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
It will be Nadal´s 12th appearance in the championship match, which he has never lost before. “It´s incredible to play with Roger here,” said Nadal. “Congratulations to him — to be at his level at 37, it´s incredible. I say thank you to the Parisian fans, because it´s magnificent for me to be in another final.”It´s always a pleasure to play with him. It´s always a difficult match against him.”
Nadal also leads his overall head-to-head against Federer 24-15, and 14-2 on clay after ending a run of five straights losses to the 37-year-old.
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18 July, 2019