When it comes to the red clay of Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal has been nothing short of perfection.
Despite the short rain interruption, Rafa stayed completely focused and routed No. 7 Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon to improve to 11-1 in French Open quarterfinal matches.
He has now reached his 12th French Open semi-final and his 31st in Slams to draw him level in third place with Jimmy Connors.
After the match, Rafa said:
It is very satisfying.
It is incredible to be back in the semifinal here. This tournament is very important to me.
It is beautiful for me to play here again.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion will next face Roger Federer for a place in Sunday’s final.