Rafael Nadal beats Jannik Sinner to reach Roland Garros SF

Rafael Nadal has continued his march towards a record-extending 13th French Open title with a 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1 win over Jannik Sinner in the late-night match on Philippe-Chatrier.

The Spanish great booked a semi-final berth against Diego Schwartzman, who reached his first grand slam semi-final with a 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-7(6), 7-6(5) win against the US Open champion Thiem in 5hr 8min. Rafa has won 10 of his 13 previous Roland Garros quarter-finals in straight sets.

“Now I have, well, I would say two days off, but almost 1 1/2,” Rafa said with a laugh. “But, yes, now it’s two days to practice, to rest a little bit and to recover, and just try to be ready for that semifinal.”

This was Rafa’s 100th match at Roland Garros. Our champ now has a 98-2 win-loss record at the clay court grand slam.

105 comments

  1. Oh dear! Both players are finding it hard to hold serve. For Rafa, this shows just how uncomfotable Diego is making him feel. Diego is determined to extend this contest.

    • The errors are creeping into Rafa’s game now. How about he breaks and holds to win the match? Is that asking too much champ?

  2. Meh… 6-3 6-3 so far. Smooth sailing for Rafa but Diego is a stubborn guy.

    No Drama required Rafa… finish him off quick!

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