Federer beats tough Wawrinka to set up semi-final against Nadal

Djokovic canters into Roland Garros quarter-finals

PARIS (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori extinguished the hot-headed Benoit Paire's fiery challenge to book his place in the quarter-finals of the French Open with an error-strewn 6-2 6-7 (8) 6-2 6-7 (8) 7-5 victory on Monday. After this hard struggling battle, Stan was all set to topple Federer but again lost the game to great rival for the 23rd time in 26 clashes with him.

"It is an incredible feeling, so much emotion".

"For me to get to Rafa is not simple, that's why I'm very happy to play Rafa". Nadal is 5-0 against Federer at the Grand Slam tournament he has dominated and leads 23-15 head-to-head overall.

Interestingly, 10 of their last 13 opening sets against each other on all surfaces have ended either 6-3 or 6-4 and all seven on clay, so with Stan serving very well (91.1% holds this tournament so far) a one-break opening set for Federer is worth thinking about.

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after winning a point against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during their men's singles quarter-final match on day ten of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2019. "If I would have had a different mindset - to avoid him - then I should not have played the clay".

Nadal already had beaten Federer en route to titles in Dubai, Monte Carlo and Rome that year and the tide turned when Nadal finally converted a break point at the seventh attempt to edge ahead in the second set.

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"I've always said that whenever I step out onto the court, I'm always going to have a chance". I'm more positive than sad or disappointed with the result, because I know everything I have done to come back to that level. The only thing he has left to achieve is to beat Nadal in Paris and now he has his chance. "I won some big matches, especially against Cristian Garín, played super well against Grigor Dimitrov".

Nadal, who in the semifinals will face Roger Federer for the 39th time, gave Nishikori words of encouragement, insisting that his presence inside the world pinnacle 10 for 5 of the last six years is testament to his staying power. "He can play on clay, unfortunately", a smiling Federer joked to the crowd at Court Suzanne Lenglen. "So you want to be able to figure out where the return player usually returns to and where you are going to serve".

But even though this supreme era of competition will naturally end - Federer looks strong at 37 but few players have managed to compete seriously at 40, while Nadal and Djokovic are 33 and 32 respectively - another talented generation is emerging and promises to deliver more great rivalries. "It will be (a) special moment, and let's try to be ready for it", Nadal said. That's why you need to put yourself in that position.

But Wawrinka was just beginning to feel the ball, feel the court, and finding his rhythm on serve and on his formidable pile-driver of a backhand.

The Swede says Federer will gamble early in rallies. It took five matches here for me to win to get there.

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