And the fairy tale continues, Rafael Nadal has made it to the French Open final for the 12th time in his career after a straight-sets victory over Roger Federer.
The Spaniard proves once again that he is the king of clay after delivering a masterful performance to get past his dear friend and rival, Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 25 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier to improve to a 92-2 record at the clay-court Grand Slam championship. It was also his 14th win in 16 clay-court matches against Federer. Nadal is supposed to meet with either world No 1 Novak Djokovic or Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
Two weeks ago, 11-time Roland Garros champion Nadal admitted that when it is windy at his academy in Mallorca, he simply practises indoors, but on Friday, the 33-year-old played his best match of the championship.
After the match he stated that “It was difficult to play in the wind. But I am back in the final of the tournament which is most important to me. It is very beautiful for me to play another final here. It is always a tough match against Roger and we had tough conditions today. Roland Garros is the most important tournament to me.”
Then he continued saying “It is incredible to play Roger here. Congratulations to him – it is incredible he is playing at this level at 37. He is probably the best player in history – it was a pleasure to play against him today.”