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Rafael Nadal Beats Roger Federer to Advance to 2019 French Open Final

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2019

Spain's Rafael Nadal clenches his fist after scoring a point against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, June 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Rafael Nadal will have the chance to win his 12th French Open title on Sunday after he beat Roger Federer in Friday's semi-final.Β 

The No. 2 seed eased to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory as the pair dealt with windy conditions throughout at Roland-Garros.

Nadal will play the winner of Novak Djokovic's semi-final with Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final.

It took eight minutes for Nadal to hold his serve in the opening game, but he punished Federer for failing to convert a break point as he replied with a break in the following game on his way to a 3-0 lead.

As tennis coach DarrenΒ CahillΒ observed, the Swiss maestro was done no favours by the weather conditions:

Darren Cahill @darren_cahill

Federer needs a few things to go his way vs Nadal today but these conditions won’t help. Breezy, cool and tricky to get good timing and difficult to attack. Nadal a superb wind player with footwork, spin and margins.

He did manage to break back, though, hitting this superb volley along the way:

ATP Tour @ATP_Tour

That Federer volley 🀀🀀🀀 πŸŽ₯: @Eurosport_UK | @rogerfederer | #RG19 https://t.co/mKpnBctA6C

The 37-year-old's joy was short-lived, however, as Nadal regained his lead. After saving five break points, Federer finally succumbed when he shot into the net, and the set quickly followed.

Federer enjoyed the ideal start to the second set with a 2-0 lead after Nadal sent a backhand long, but once more the Spaniard offered an instant response:

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

Stunning @RafaelNadal πŸ‘ #RG19 https://t.co/CJNbwRoEJq

Nadal broke again at 4-4 with a volleyed winner to put himself firmly in control of the contest, and the set was soon wrapped up.

From there, Federer faced an almost impossible task, as tennis writer Christopher Clarey illustrated:

Christopher Clarey @christophclarey

Nadal is 222-2 with a two-set lead ini best-of-five play Only losses: 2005 Miami Open F vs Federer 2015 US Open Rd 3 vs Fognini Never happened on clay

The 33-year-old reinforced that point with his most comfortable set yet in the third, while a frustrated Federer had to be warned by the chair umpire for hitting a ball into the crowd.

There was little Federer could do to resist the King of Clay, who broke him twice more on the way to securing his place in Sunday's showpiece.