Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated 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, and set up a final clash with 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.
After the game the ‘King Of Clay’ a.k.a Nadal said, “It’s incredible to play with Roger here, 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 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. He made only 19 unforced errors, crushing 33 winners as Federer struck 25, although that amount could easily have been doubled against any opponent other than the 11-time champion.
The defeat leaves Federer still waiting for a first victory over Nadal on clay since 2009 in Madrid.
22 not out!@RafaelNadal secures a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over rival Federer, and his 22nd match win in a row at Roland-Garros…
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 7, 2019
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