French Open semifinals, Rafael Nadal vs

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"It was a high level all three sets, which was remarkable in this wind", Nadal said in his on-court interview after ending Federer's first French Open appearance for four years.

Federer is actually 5-0 against Nadal in the last five years, one of the wins coming in 2015 (Basel) and four of them in 2017 (Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai).

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during his mens singles semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland. In her first Slam semifinal, she handled unseemly conditions, an unseemly court assignment and a more seasoned opponent with great amplomb and flair.

"But I really enjoy traveling and playing all these tournaments, so I really don't care that I don't go to school or be like a normal person". "I think that especially in the early rounds, they have a huge advantage only due to their name".

My model priced the Australian similarly to the market, so we will move on to the other semi-final, between the Brit, Johanna Konta, and Marketa Vondrousova.

Federer had no response and Nadal strolled through the third set to claim only his third straight sets success over the 20-time major victor at a grand slam.

With only two wins from their previous 15 claycourt meeting Federer knows he must bring something different to the party and says he will adopt a "fearless" approach to try to get the better of his Roland Garros nemesis.

She will take on Australia's Ashleigh Barty in Saturday's final, bidding to become the first Czech woman to win the French Open since Hana Mandlikova, also 19, won in 1981.

Barty brushed aside 2018 Roland Garros semi-finalist Madison Keys 6-3 7-5 to seal her first ever last-four spot in a grand slam and declared the performance was one of the best in her career.

Federer recently dismissed any talk of retirement and said he'll keep playing "as long as all stars are still aligned" - which means as long as he can still contend for major titles. "I thought Rafa really had to come up with the goods to make the difference, and the difference was a passing shot here, a pickup there, and then he was doing great, you know".

She's running at 113.7% combined service/return points won at this tournament to get to this stage, with Konta at 112.5% slightly behind.

Barty, 23, raced into a 4-0 lead with successive breaks as Anisimova, plagued with nerves, managed just one point. He relatively cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory and will face the victor of the rain-delayed semifinal between Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

The match was played in an atmosphere more associated with first-round ties rather than semi-finals - in front of a smattering of spectators on the 5,000-capacity arena.

Top seed Djokovic won 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 and will face Austrian fourth seed Thiem on Friday in what will be his 35th Grand Slam semifinal.

Given also that the pair have held serve 87% and 83.1% of the time on clay this past 12 months (and also this season alone) I'm happy to take a small chance on that wager.

The world number one saved two more break points in the opening game of the third set and again made the German pay with a break for 4-2.

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