Roland-Garros: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer and Offers Himself a 12th Final

The joy of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal after his victory against Swiss Roger Federer in the semifinals of Roland-Garros, June 7, 2019.

Rafael Nadal prepares for a 13th title at Roland-Garros after his victory against Roger Federer in the semifinals of the tournament, this Friday 7th June 2019.

Rafael Nadal (N.2) left little chance to Roger Federer (N.3). He beat him in three sets (6-3, 6-4, 6-2) in extremely windy conditions in the semifinals of Roland-Garros on Friday, June 7, 2019. He now aim for a twelfth historic title in the final on Sunday. .

Nadal will face the world No.1 Novak Djokovic or Austrian Dominic Thiem (N.4), opposed in the second semifinal. The Spaniard is now undefeated in six games with Federer at Roland-Garros. On the occasion of his return to Paris clay for the first time since 2015, the Swiss, 37 years old, largely fulfilled his contract but ended his tournament on a new disillusionment with Nadal.

First victory against him for more than five years

After losing the first set, Federer held up the shock up to 4 games all 4 in the second. But a series of nine points lost when he led 40-0 on his service cost him the loss of this second set, then that of the match. He only registered two games later.

Nadal (33) now leads 24 to 15 in his confrontations with Federer. He ends a series of five straight defeats (not to mention his package before their semifinal at Indian Wells) against his Swiss rival and gets his first victory against him for more than five years (Australian Open 2014 ). On clay, he further accentuates his advantage (14-2).

“Congratulations to Roger, it’s amazing to play at this level at age 37,” said Nadal.

“It was a very difficult match, with an incredible wind, I’m very happy to be back in the final of Roland Garros which is the most important tournament of my career, it’s very special,” he said. -he adds.

The two and a half hours of the game were indeed punctuated by numerous and violent gusts of wind, which raised clouds of clay and deposited to the heights of the tribunes Philippe Chatrier Court.

Roland-Garros is the first Grand Slam tournament since the 2013 Australian Open to have gathered the first four seeds in the last four.

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