Rafael Nadal (L) and Roger Federer (R)
Rafael Nadal (L) and Roger Federer (R)

Federer, Nadal progress to French Open semis

ANI | Updated: Jun 04, 2019 22:49 IST

Paris [France], Jun 4 (ANI): Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal progressed to the semi-finals of the French Open as the ace players registered victories in their respective fourth round matches.
Nadal defeated Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 while Federer outclassed Stan Wawrinka 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
World number two Nadal defeated Nishikori in the fourth round match that lasted for an hour and 51 minutes whereas Federer defeated Wawrinka in just three hours and 35 minutes.
Kei had to play five sets against Benoit Paire earlier in the tournament and struggling with an arm injury the exhausted player failed to match Nadal's pace in the 11th loss in 13 matches against the Spaniard.
Nadal is through to his 31st Grand Slam semi-final, becoming the fourth Open era player to achieve the feat after Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Jimmy Connors. This is the 91st win for Nadal at Roland Garros in 93 matches.
After a thrilling five hours and nine minutes win over Stefanos Tsitsipas two days ago, Stan gave his everything to stay in touch with Roger as well, taking the set out of a great rival but finished on the losing side for the 23rd time in 26 clashes against Roger.
At 37, Federer is now the oldest Roland Garros semi-finalist since Pancho Gonzales in 1968 and also the oldest Major semi-finalist since Jimmy Connors at the US Open 1991.
Nadal's match was halted due to rain in the third game of the fourth round match but once the match restarted, Nadal held in game nine to bring the match home and march into the semi-final where he will face Federer. (ANI)