Rafael Nadal’s bid to equal Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams at this year’s French Open remains alive following victory over Jannik Sinner in the Quarterfinals.
The big-hitting Italian broke Nadal in the opening set and looked to serve out before the Spanish 12-time champion hit back and won the tie-break.
Nadal dominated the rest of the quarter-final and sealed a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-1 win..
He will now face Diego Schwartzman in the Last 4.
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French Open : Nadal wins in straight sets, enters semifinals for record 13th time
The 12-time champion edged closer to the title as a Roland-Garros centurion.
The world No.2 and defending champion featured in his 100th match at Roland-Garros and prevailed 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1 over Italian teenager Jannik Sinner.
“He’s a very, very young talent with great shots. For two sets it was very tough. At the end of the first set I was very lucky. It was very difficult for me to pull him out of position,” said Nadal after he booked his 13th semi-final on the clay in Paris.
“In the third set I improved, I was much better being much more aggressive. That’s the only way. I’m very, very happy to be back in the semi-finals of Roland-Garros again. It’s no doubt the most important place for me, the most beautiful place to play.
“Now I have two, I will say one and a half days off to rest, practise a little bit and recover to be ready for the semi-finals.”
His record now stands at 98 wins and just two defeats, 237 hours and eight minutes on the court, just 27 sets lost, 427 of 602 break points saved. The statistics are stupendous over Nadal’s Roland-Garros century, but essentially to trouble the Spaniard over five sets is a real predicament.
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Nadal will now face Diego Schwartzman in the Last 4.
The Argentine defeated Nadal in Rome last month, but the Spaniard has gone on to win the title on every occasion after reaching the last four at Roland Garros.
The late finish was due to Tuesday’s packed schedule on Philippe Chatrier, which included the five-hour epic between Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem.
Nadal thanked the sparse crowd that remained to watch his match and paid tribute to his 19-year-old opponent.
French Open : Swiatek creates history for Poland, become first Polish woman in the Open Era to make last four in Paris
Iga Swiatek reached her first Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday, ending the stunning run of qualifier Martina Trevisan of Italy 6-3, 6-1, having trailed 3-1 early on before winning 11 of the next 12 games to set up a meeting with another qualifier, Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska.
The 19-year-old is the first Polish woman to reach the semi-finals at Roland-Garros in the Open era, going one round further than Agnieszka Radwanska, who made the quarter-finals in 2013.
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