Rafael Nadal Warns Roger Federer Ahead of French Open Clash

Roland Garros clay A layered cake- with red frosting

Rafael Nadal has continued his march towards a record-extending 12th French Open title by steamrolling a sorry Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1 6-3.

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka shared a rather unusual moment during their quarter-final clash as rain threatened to put a dampener on things at Roland Garros. "It's incredible. Lots of emotions".

Asked whether his run to the second week in Paris showed he was heading back to peak form, Wawrinka said in a media conference: "Yeah, it maybe confirmed to you guys that I can still beat some top guys". Rafael Nadal has an edge over the Swiss in their head-to-head record by 23-15 but he hasn't beaten the 20-time grand slam champion since 2014.

Wawrinka's intensity clearly wore off in the fourth set, as Federer closed it out 6-4.

ROGER FEDERER and Rafael Nadal are in action at the French Open on Tuesday and Sean Calvert is back to assess their chances in the quarter finals on day 10 in Paris.

Federer was handed his first loss in a Grand Slam final by Nadal in his first appearance in the showpiece at Roland Garros. "If I came back to play on clay, it was to play Rafa".

In his four previous matches with Nadal on the slow surface, the seventh-seeded Nishikori had managed to win just one set. "I need to let him play from hard positions, so from where he's going to have less chances to go to the net or to play his aggressive game". Also on clay, this is when it's been most tough for me against him.

Nadal's route to the semi-finals has been pretty straightforward and he saw off Kei Nishikori last time out.

Federer, who won three majors in the last two years, is championing a late-30s revival in tennis.

The 20-time Grand Slam title victor will now face the arch-rival Spanish star Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals to reach closer to his 2019 Roland Garros title. "He can play on clay, unfortunately", Federer joked to the crowd at Court Suzanne Lenglen. "You can't just do it because somebody told you to do it and you think it's the right thing".

To Amanda Anisimova, it seems "like, forever ago" that she was playing in the French Open main draw for the first time. "So you want to be able to figure out where the return player usually returns to and where you are going to serve".

As for the eye-catching semifinal, Federer said, "Of course I'll follow my schedule and game plan, what does my game allow me to do and what are the conditions like". That is to gain that extra metre or two to get close to the net, because if you're close to the net you have an easier volley.

Federer's first taste of facing Nadal on clay was a painful one as his forehand failed to fire in a tense encounter.

"After coming back from the rain delay, it was only a few games, but I was feeling good". That was when Nadal's never say die spirit edged Federer's natural brilliance.

If Federer is to have any hope of a shock victory on Friday, then he needs to significantly improve his break point statistics.

But Wawrinka was just beginning to feel the ball, feel the court, and finding his rhythm on serve and on his formidable pile-driver of a backhand.



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