Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 6-2 to storm into his 12th final at Roland Garros. With this win, he remains unbeaten in a semi-final at the French Open. Before this French Open semi-final match-up it had been all about the dizzying numbers and statistics, but once great foes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stepped on to the Roland Garros centre court, all that mattered was both men’s preternatural ability to strike a small yellow ball.
On Friday, it was Nadal’s swinging, looping, whip-crack style which prevailed over Federer’s finesse and near-perfect timing as he reached his 12th Roland Garros final 6-3 6-4 6-2. The Spaniard had never lost to Federer in their five previous French Open meetings, but hadn’t beaten the Swiss in their last five matches overall, a run stretching back five years.