The greatest fixture in World Tennis is now moments away, its World Number 3 Roger Federer against the clay maestro Rafale Nadal and the setting is the Semi-Finals of the second grand slam of the year, The French Open.
The 37-year-old Federer will try to beat the 33-year-old Spaniard on the latter’s favourite surface as he attempts to win his 12th French Open title. If successful, he will also become the player with the most wins in a single Grand Slam event, breaking a tie with Australia’s Margaret Court, who won the Australian Open 11 times between 1960 and 1973.
Nadal said playing Federer was always a challenge and he would be ready.
“Of course, having Roger in front in the semifinals is an extra thing. We shared the most important moments of our careers together on court, facing each other. So (it’ll) be another episode, and (I’m) happy for that and excited. It will be (a) special moment, and let’s try to be ready for it,” Nadal said.
Here is how the two fared in their last six encounters
2019 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells CA, USA
Roger Federer recieved a walkover in what everyone anticipated to be a thrilling contest. The match was a 2019 ATP Masters 1000 game in Indian Wells CA, USA.
2017 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai China
Roger Federer silked to victory in the match against the Spaniard. He won with a score of 6/4, 6/3 in the final of the tournament.
2017 ATP Masters 1000 Miami FL, USA
Federer won the match against Nadal by a score of 6/3, 6/4.
2017 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, CA, USA
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested at the 2017 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, USA. Roger Federer beat Nadal 6/2, 6/3 in the Round of 16 on the Outdoor Hard court.
2017 Australian Open, Australia
The last time Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal met at a Grand Slam setting was in the 2017 Australian Open. In a thrilling game, Federer won the five-set thriller 6/4, 3/6, 6/1, 3/6, 6/3 at the final.