Epic clash between Federer and Nadal
Get ready for Federer vs Nadal in French Open. This can’t be better than that. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meeting in French Open semi-final. This will be an epic clash between Federer and Nadal when they meet on 6th June, Thursday.
This will be 39th match between these two legends. In Federer vs Nadal meetings, Nadal leads head-to-head 23-15. On clay court, Nadal leads 13-2. On the red clay of Roland Garros, the Spaniard leads 5-0. Although all these stats go against Federer, he still has something to look up to as he has beaten Nadal in their last five outings.
Roger Federer last reached the semis of French Open in 2012 when Novak Djokovic defeated him. He seems to be in good touch currently. In quarterfinals, he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4. Here is Federer’s journey to the semis:
In the first round, he defeated Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego by 6−2, 6−4, 6−4
In the second round, he faced Germany’s Oscar Otte. Federer won the match by 6−4, 6−3, 6−4
In the third round, he met Norway’s Casper Ruud whom he defeated by 6−3, 6−1, 7−6(10−8)
The fourth round saw him playing against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer whom he defeated by 6−2, 6−3, 6−3
In quarterfinals, he defeated Stan Wawrinka by 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
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On the other hand, Rafael Nadal defeated Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 easily to reach semis. Nadal is looking to win his 12th French Open. Here is how Nadal reached semis:
In the first round, Nadal met Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann whom he defeated by 6–2, 6–1, 6–3
In the second round, he played against another German player Yannick Maden. Nadal defeated Maden by 6−1, 6−2, 6−4
The third round saw him playing against Belgium’s David Goffin. Goffin lost to Nadal by 6–1, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
In the fourth round, Nadal met Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero whom he defeated by 6−2, 6−3, 6−3
In quarter-final Nadal defeated Kei Nishikori by 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
What Federer said about semi-final against Nadal
“I’m very happy to be back in another semi-final of a Grand Slam. It hasn’t happened, you know, in the last year or so,” said Federer, after booking his first semi-final in Paris since 2012. “I exceeded my expectations here. After missing the French for so many years it’s a great feeling. I have the match with Rafa, and I’m clearly excited.”
Like against any player, there is always a chance. Otherwise, nobody will be in the stadium to watch because everybody already knows the result in advance,” Federer said. “You just never know. He might have a problem. He might be sick. You might be playing great or for some reason, he’s struggling. Maybe there’s incredible wind, rain, 10 rain delays. You just don’t know.
That’s why you need to put yourself in that position. For me to get to Rafa is not simple. It took five matches here for me to win to get there. That’s why I’m very happy to play Rafa, because if you want to do or achieve something on the clay, inevitably, at some stage, you will go through Rafa, because he’s that strong and he will be there.
“I knew that when I signed up for the clay that hopefully, that’s gonna happen. If I would have had a different mindset to avoid him, then I should not have played the clay.”
Nadal is excited about playing against Federer. Here is what he said about the semi-final:
Having Roger in the semi-finals is an extra thing. We shared the most important moments of our careers together on the court facing each other.
“So it’s another episode of this, and I’m happy and excited. It will be a special moment, and let’s try to be ready for it.”
Roger came back on clay because he’s a player who plays well on all surfaces and on clay he has good chances of winning,”
“One thing is that he feels physically ready. He’s coming back because he wants to do so. And if he feels in good shape physically, well, he should not leave out a main part of the season.”
French Open live streaming
The entire French Open is broadcast on Tennis Channel and NBC. The former will carry coverage of the quarter-finals, which begins at 6 a.m. ET and will run until 1 p.m.
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