There will be a Nadal-Federer in the semifinals 14 years later

Nadal won in three sets to the Japanese Nishikori, in a match that was more than an hour stopped by the rain. He will face Federer, who got off to Wawrinka.


In his most regular performance, with only a couple of ups and downs and an interruption of more than an hour due to a rapid storm, Rafa Nadal thundered and took off Kei Nishikori (6-1, 6-1 and 6-3 in 1h : 51) en route to its endth semifinal at Roland Garros. And you know what happened after the previous eleven, that the Spanish raised the Cup of the Musketeers. Nobody has gotten this far as many times as he has. But this time he will face rival rivals Roger Federer, who won with compatriot Stan Wawrinka (7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5) and 6-4 in 3h: 35). It will be like in 2005, when Rafa beat the winner of the 20 Grand Slams on his birthday and will face on land (13-2, 5-0 in Paris for the Balearic Islands) six years, two weeks and five days after of his duel in the final of Rome 2013.

Without doing anything special, Nadal dominated the first set at pleasure. The Japanese had played four hours longer than the Spaniard until Tuesday and three days in a row for his postponed meeting against Paire . That was noticed enough. Supported by his good serves, Rafa was able to move Nishikori without even having a break option. He did not need Spanish to play with too much precision to control a rival without spark, beaten out. Rafa added two breaks and opened the second set with another. And there appeared the pride of the Japanese to immediately recover the disadvantage. Grown up, he attacked harshly in his best moments of play before a momentarily disconcerted Nadal. But he used to alternate big blows with incomprehensible failures and that facilitated the quick reaction of the champion, who played with fury and took several rabbits out of the hat to make sure the partial.

Nishikori, sunk, walked slowly and crestfallen towards his chair, almost thinking about the withdrawal, to avoid the ordeal of continuing to oppose Nadal. He had a second break nearby, but he did not add it and his resistance definitely ended. The depth and placement of the world number two shots made it physically impossible for the seventh favorite to perform. The end was approaching when about 5:25 pm, the sky overcame and left the Philppe Chatrier almost without light, the highest since the reform. After losing a game without going almost for the ball, Nadal did not see it well, but he wanted to continue and the supervisor decided to stop the match, arguing that, in addition, there was a forecast of a storm. The one of the Suzanne Lenglen between Wawrinka and Federer was also stopped between lightning and thunder. The tracks were covered and the game resumed an hour and a half later with the sun shining again in the Parisian sky. Nadal took 10 minutes to finish with Nishikori.

Calendar and results of the men's Roland Garros.



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