Nadal and Federer set up classic French Open semis

Nishikori staves off Paire comeback to set up Nadal quarter-final

Nadal and Federer set up classic French Open semis

World No. 2 Nadal outlasted the Kei Nishikori of Japan with a margin of 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday while Swiss veteran Roger Federer registered a 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 clinical win over Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland. It will be their 39th career meeting and their sixth in Paris.

He trails his head-to-head record with Nadal 23-15, but has won their last five meetings.

"My next opponent is not too bad".

"The complete dream would be to win the tournament", said Federer. "What a pleasure, actually". So (it'll) be another episode, and (I'm) happy for that and excited.

PARIS (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori extinguished the hot-headed Benoit Paire's fiery challenge to book his place in the quarter-finals of the French Open with an error-strewn 6-2 6-7 (8) 6-2 6-7 (8) 7-5 victory on Monday.

Federer vs. Wawrinka, meanwhile, lived up to the billing, a 3½-hour tussle between a couple of guys who go way back.

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after winning a point against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during their men's singles quarter-final match on day ten of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2019. Until last week, that 2015 match was also the last time Federer played in the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, having missed the 2016 edition to rest a sore back, then skipping the clay season altogether the following two years. He has dropped just one set, which was against David Goffin in the third round.

As is usually the case at the French Open, both are played at the same time - 1430 United Kingdom time is scheduled - which is utterly perplexing. Thunder rumbled nearby. It was hard to see, because there are no artificial lights.

Sure enough, the promised storms arrived, and the players were swept off court before the weather swept them off.

In the event, it would not last long. It was 5-4, and Federer only needed to hold serve once to end it.

That turned out to be a tad complicated. 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 bad mistakes. Overall, Federer has trusted his attacking instincts and won 129 of 175 points at the net (74%) in five matches.

In the women's draw, Johanna Konta reached the semifinals for the first time after beating last year's runner-up Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4.

Reigning French Open Champion Rafael Nadal is going strong then.

Five times before they have met on the dirt at Roland Garros and it has been Nadal who has prevailed in each of them. "I started playing much better from 5-3, playing more aggressive, using my forehand", Nishikori said.

In the semifinals, Konta will play either No. 31 Petra Martic of Croatia or 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova. Had they played, it would've been their first clash in 18 months, but again on outdoor hardcourts, giving the Swiss a greater chance to make it six in a row.

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