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Nadal Beats Federer to Reach 12th French Open Final

Defending Champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French open Semi-Finals on Friday to move within one victory of a record extending 12th Roland Garros title after handing his oldest rival his worst Frand slam defeat in 11 years

The 33-year-old produced a masterful performance to get past Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the last four on Court Philippe Chatrier and set up a final clash with either world number one Novak Djokovic or Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

It will be Nadal’s 12th appearance in the championship match, which he has never lost before.

“It’s incredible to play with Roger here,” said Nadal.

Nadal also leads his overall head-to-head against Federer 24-15, and 14-2 on clay after ending a run of five straights losses to the 37-year-old.

A tally of just nine games meant it was Federer’s heaviest defeat in a Grand Slam match since managing only four againstNadalin their famously one-sided 2008 Roland Garros final.

Nadalmade only 19 unforced errors, crushing 33 winners as Federer struck 25, although that amount could easily have been doubled against any opponent other than the 11-time champion.

The defeat leaves Federer still waiting for the first victory over Nadalon clay since 2009 in Madrid.

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