Defending champion, Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals on Friday, winning in straight sets.

The 33-year-old produced an outstanding performance to beat Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the last four on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The win moves him within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title and it was Federer’s worst Grand Slam defeat in 11 years.

Nadal will face either world number-one, Novak Djokovic, or Austrian fourth seed, Dominic Thiem, on Sunday.


“It’s incredible to play with Roger here.

“Congratulations to him — to be at his level at 37, it’s incredible. I say thank you to the Parisian fans because it’s magnificent for me to be in another final.

“It’s always a pleasure to play with him. It’s always a difficult match against him,” Nadal told reporters afterwards.


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