Defending champion Nadal beats Federer to reach French Open final

Rafael Nadal put up a sensational performance on Friday to beat Roger Federer in straight sets and advance to the final of the French Open.

The Spaniard broke the Swiss icon six times and won 6-3 6-4 6-2 to stand one step away from winning his 12th French Open title.

Nadal will now face either Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final to defend the title.

“It’s incredible to play Roger here – congratulations to him. He’s probably the best player in history for me,” Nadal, 33, said.

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“It’s always a tough match against Roger. It was tough conditions with the wind.

“I’m happy to have the chance to play another final here. It’s the most important tournament in my career.”

37-year-old Federer is playing his first clay season in two years, and was seeking his 21st Grand Slam.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal now has a 6-0 career record over Roger Federer at the French Open.

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