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Federer, Nadal book epic French date


Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his French Open quarterfinal against Japan’s Kei Nishikori at the Roland Garros in Paris. – AP/PTI
 PARIS, June 5: Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Switzerland’s Roger Federer overcame rains and opponents in the quarterfinals, setting up what is expected to be another epic showdown between them in the French Open semifinals.

On Tuesday, Nadal rolled to an easy 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win over Japan’s Kei Nishikori, while Federer knocked off countryman Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, reports Efe news.

The tennis superstars have set up the epic semifinal that every tennis fan was hoping for.

The 37-year-old Federer will try to beat the 33-year-old Spaniard on the latter’s favourite surface as he attempts to win his 12th French Open title. If successful, he will also become the player with the most wins in a single Grand Slam event, breaking a tie with Australia’s Margaret Court, who won the Australian Open 11 times between 1960 and 1973.

“Now I have the match with Rafa, and I’m clearly excited,” Federer, the winner of a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles and the oldest player to make it to a quarterfinal at a major. – IANS

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