Separated by just 3 Grand Slams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both won their respective quarter final ties to set up an interesting semi-final tie against each other.
Nadal’s match against Nishikori was an exhibition, as the Spaniard stormed past the Japanese 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. Although, Federer had to overcome compatriot Stan Wawrinka, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Roland Garros has witnessed 5 Nadal-Federer ties over the years, but the outcomes have always been the same.
Rafa is 5-0 against Federer at the French Open. However, he also leads Federer in all time head-to-head. Since, his French Open debut back in 2015, The King of clay has won 11 French open titles from a possible 14.
Rafa is aiming for his 12 French Open title, while Federer has only won the title once, back in 2009. Federer defeated Sweden’s Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6, 6-4.
Rafa and Roger adressed the media after their respective games
“Having Roger in front, in the semifinals, is an extra thing,” said Nadal, who celebrated his 33rd birthday Monday. “We shared the most important moments of our careers together on court facing each other.
“So it’s another episode of this, and happy for that and excited, no? Will be a special moment, and let’s try to be ready for it.”
“I’m very happy to play Rafa, because if you want to do or achieve something on the clay, eventually, at some stage, you will go through Rafa, because he’s that strong and he will be there,” said Federer.
“I knew that when I signed up for the clay that hopefully that’s gonna happen. If I would have had a different mindset to avoid him, then I should not have played the clay. So I think by that mindset, I think it helped me to play so well so far this tournament.”
Federer (20 Grand slams) and Rafa (17 Grand slams) are first and second in terms of Grand slams won in the history.