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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer to meet in French Open semifinals

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer to meet in French Open semifinals

Federer defeated Wawrinka 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, while Nadal eased past Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.

"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", Federer said.

"It is an incredible feeling, so much emotion".

I'm not shocked we are seeing another Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, but I am shocked it's happening in the semifinals!

That too would be a tight affair, Federer edging the first advantage, Wawrinka levelling at 4-4, but Federer then serving it out, 7-6 (4).

In the five matches they've played at the French Open, Federer has won 3 sets to Nadal's 15.

ROGER FEDERER and Rafael Nadal are in action at the French Open on Tuesday and Sean Calvert is back to assess their chances in the quarter finals on day 10 in Paris.

The Swiss icon is playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, having sat out the following year due to knee and back issues before opting to focus his attention on grass and hard surfaces.

Federer may be the best all-around tennis player of all time, but on clay, Rafa is king and to take that crown, Federer will have to play the greatest match of his career.

In his 4 preceding matches with Nadal on the slow floor, the seventh-seeded Nishikori had managed to win simply one set.

"Like against any player, there is always a chance", he added.

"He didn't let me play how I wanted to play", Nishikori said, "and especially if I'm not fresh, it's not easy to stay with him".

Zverev has the lowest combined serve/return points won percentage across the field (103.9%) for the tournament to date, while Djokovic (122.5%) marginally edged Nadal prior to the Spaniard's win over Kei Nishikori. Whether he can do it again versus a fresher Federer, who's played five hours fewer than Stan, remains to be seen.

Roger Federer knows how unsafe Rafael Nadal is, on clay.

"You just never know".

"The next opponent is ok", Federer said jokingly of the 11-time French Open champion. "You have to be fearless to some extent to take on the spinny balls, the sliding balls, the kicking balls, and that's what I will do on Friday". Instead, Rafa onlt struggled against David Goffin but he played very well.

Nadal admits that playing with Roger will be a special moment.

Then, after a 75-minute rain delay Tuesday, Federer got his 18th opportunity to try to break - and he made it count.

"Just the way the ball goes out of your strings with the different spins". That's why you need to put yourself in that position.

As for the eye-catching semifinal, Federer said, "Of course I'll follow my schedule and game plan, what does my game allow me to do and what are the conditions like".

The beaten Wawrinka admitted he was unlikely to miss his close friend Federer's tilt at Nadal in three days' time. "When it comes to the crunch like this, when you do come to the net, you have to do it with a goal", said Federer.

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