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French Open: Nadal beats Federer to reach 12th final

French Open: Nadal beats Federer to reach 12th final

Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals on Friday, claiming his first win over his old rival in five years to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title.

Nadal is now 24-15 in his career against Federer, following the 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Djokovic dominated the second set as breaks in the second and eighth games were enough to tighten his grip.

Anisimova has always been tipped for big things, reaching the juniors final in Paris three years ago at the age of 14, before winning the US Open girls' title in 2017. Djokovic called for a supervisor, discussing the rules and how strong the wind has to blow for the match to get suspended.

It all played into Nadal's hands as he took his record in the tournament to 92 wins against just two losses.

In the men's quarterfinals, it'll be No. 3 Roger Federer vs.

Austrian fourth seed Thiem led 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 against the world number one when the players left Court Philippe Chatrier.

Barty had all but secured her spot in the finals as she served for the match at 5-2, before the 17-year-old saved three match spots to level out the game.

"I think what's most pleasing is to play a lot of matches and I definitely did in this month".

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According to Oddschecker, Nadal is 1/7 to reach the final, while Federer, who has returned to the French Open for the first time in four years, is 6/1.

"I don't feel like I came into this week trying to prove anything to anybody, including myself". She and fellow teen Anisimova are making history as the first two teens in a Slam semifinal since 2009 (when the US Open saw finalist Caroline Wozniacki and semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer).

Still only five women have lifted back-to-back French Open titles in the Open era.

The other women's matchup is Johanna Konta against 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

The day's delay (at least) will surely help Federer to recover from a tough match against Wawrinka and I'd be surprised if this was as comfortable for Nadal as the odds imply.

The young tennis star, who now holds 51st place in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking, has become the youngest female US player to reach semi-finals in a Grand Slam championship since Venus Williams took second place in the 1997 US Open.

Moments later, with Anisimova serving at 15-40, Barty held two sets points.

Barty also won in relative comfort on Court Suzanne Lenglen to go one better than her run to the Australian Open last eight earlier this year. He's playing the French for the first time since 2015, on the 10th anniversary of his lone Roland Garros title.

"This may be the last time we see him in Paris", said one, explaining why she was waiting outside a room instead of watching tennis still being played at Roland Garros. She plays the highest remaining women's seed, No. 8 Ashleigh Barty of Australia, who denied an all-American semifinal by sweeping Madison Keys.


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