The top-ranked tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have made their ways to semi-final round of French Open 2019. This comes after both the players Nadal and Federer beat their opponents Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka respectively in the thrilling fourth-round match. World No. 2 Nadal outlasted the Kei Nishikori of Japan with a margin of 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday while Swiss veteran Roger Federer registered a 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 clinical win over Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland. The Spaniard took a total of one hour and 51 minutes to edge past the Japanese player while on the other side Swiss legend struggled for three hours and 35 minutes to edge past his Swiss mate.
World No. 3 Wawrinka set his meeting with the tennis legend after defeating World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round match. The Swiss professional won the clash against Greek player with the margin of 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6. 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. Notably, the 34-year-old Wawrinka who has not won any Roland Garros title in past four years, ran pillar to post to move one step forward in this year’s edition as Tsitsipas gave a tough fight to the match-winner but all his efforts went in vain.
Earlier in the second round of the game, Tennis champion Rafael Nadal defeated Yannick Maden of Germany with the margin of 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Moreover, he started his French Open 2019 tournament with a tussling battle with German qualifier Yannick Hanfman. Though, the 15-time Grand Slam title winner outclassed the player by 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in a neck-to-neck competition.
The 37-year-old Roger Federer has now become the oldest tennis player who has reached the Roland Garros semi-finals after Pancho Gonzales in 1968 and Jimmy Connors at the US Open in 1991. The 20-time Grand Slam title winner will now face the arch-rival Spanish star Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals to reach closer to his 2019 Roland Garros title.