Emotional Rafael Nadal extends record, sets up semis clash with Federer

Emotional Rafael Nadal extends record, sets up semis clash with Federer

Leading 6-1, 6-1, 4-2 against Kei Nishikori on Court Philippe Chatrier, Nadal shook his head in disbelief when tournament organisers took the decision to stop play at the clay-court Grand Slam because a thunderstorm was on its way.

In his press conference following win over Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer was asked if he had watched any of the Rafael Nadal's matches on clay. In this way, there will be no player finishing the match 24 hours before the other. "It will be hard, but I believe it anyway". It is important for me to make another semi-final.

World No. 7 Nishikori allowed No. 38 Paire to force a decider despite having two match points in the fourth-set tie-break.

A key reason she believes so is because Hantuchova thinks all of the pressure is on reigning champion Nadal, who has never lost to Federer from five meetings at the French Open and owns a 13-2 record overall on clay against the 20-time Grand Slam victor.

Known as "The King of Clay", Nadal is an 11-time French Open champion and boasts a record 58 titles on his favoured surface.

The 2009 French Open champion struck 53 winners on Tuesday, as Wawrinka's 61 unforced errors proved costly.

In his quarterfinal win over Stan Wawrinka, Federer was eager to rush the net, a tactic that proved fruitful: he won 41 net points compared to just nine for Wawrinka. It took five matches here for me to win to get there. The two compatriots are putting each other to the test, as evidenced by Federer's reaching volley hot shot in the third-set tiebreaker.

They were locked in a taut fourth set at three-all when clouds grew thick and charcoal-coloured.

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Nishikori managed just nine winners in total in the first two sets.

Nishikori is playing in his third quarterfinal at Roland-Garros. The Frenchman saved two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker and served for the match at 5-3, but he was finally made to rue his terrible mistakes.

The 28-year-old Konta had not won a match at Roland Garros in any of her previous four visits.

She could be joined in the last four by 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who faces defending champion Simona Halep in her last-eight clash on Wednesday. "I don't think any player on tour can go on court against me and feel like they've definitely got it", said Konta.

"I actually don't know" who's going to emerge as the next great head-to-head showdown, said Wilander.

Konta's semifinal opponent will be either 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova or 31st-seeded Petra Martic, who were playing later on Court Suzanne Lenglen in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal for both players.

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