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Federer to battle Nadal in French Open semi-finals

After sensational quarterfinal matches by both players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will go head to head in the semifinal of the ongoing French Open tennis championship.

20-time Grand Slam champion Federer endured three hours and 17 minutes on Court Suzanne Lenglen to win 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 over fellow Swiss, Stan Wawrinka in the last eight.

Shortly before Federer won, Nadal completed a 6-1 6-1 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the last eight.

Both matches were interrupted because of thunderstorms in Paris.

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After the game, 37-year-old Federer, who dropped his first set since the start of the tournament, said: “We played a great match today.

“The break for the rain makes it’s tough for players because it breaks your rhythm.”

33-year-old Nadal is into his 12th semi-final at Roland Garros and has won the tournament on all of the 11 previous occasions he has reached this stage.

“It is an incredible feeling, so much emotion,” he said after his victory.

“It is important for me to make another semi-final. I am very happy.”

Both superstars will battle for a spot in the final of this year’s French Open on Friday.

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