Nadal beats Federer to advance to 12th French Open final

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Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 7, 2019. Switzerland's Roger Federer congratulates Spain's Rafael Nadal after their semifinal match. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2019. Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts after winning his semifinal match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Spain’s Rafael Nadal beat Switzerland’s Roger Federer in straight sets on Friday to qualify for his 12th French Open Final at Roland Garros.

11-time champion Nadal defeated Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in 2 hours 28 minutes to claim a 22nd consecutive win at the Grand Slam.

Nadal also extended his overall record at Roland Garros to 92 wins and two losses.

Federer found himself 0-3 down in the first set after Nadal broke his serve in the second game. Federer won his next service game and then broke Nadal in the fifth game only to lose serve in the sixth game. The first then went with serve as Nadal claimed it 6-3 in 53 minutes.

Federer began the second strongly winning his first service game and then breaking Nadal in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Nadal broke immediately then levelled the set at 2-2. The set went with serve until the ninth game when Federer lost serve 4-4. Nadal then held to love close out the set 6-4.

The third set went with serve but the Spaniard broke the Swiss in the third and fifth games and eventually secured the set 6-2.

With the win, Nadal improved his head-to-head career meetings against Federer to 24-15 and extended his unbeaten against Federer at Roland Garros to six matches.

Nadal, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, will face the winner of the second semi-final, either world number one Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem, in the final.

Play in that semifinal has been postponed to Saturday due to rain with the game level at one set apiece and Thiem leading 1-3 in the third.

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