The King of Clay continued his mastery on Friday, as Rafael Nadal improved his record at the French Open to 92-2 after a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Roger Federer.
Nadal’s worked through light rain and gusts of wind of up to 39 miles per hour, to dispatch of the world number three in two hours and 25 minutes, his 14th win in 16 matches on clay.
“The conditions out there today have been so hard, so it was difficult to manage,” said Nadal. “It was a day to just focus, accept all the adversities and just be focused on being positive all the time. That's what I tried to do.”
Nadal awaits the winner of the semifinals match between world number one Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, as play was suspended Friday due to wind and rain. Thiem led the match 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 before play was called, as semifinal action will resume Saturday.
“I hope to be ready to give my best level against one or the other if I am able,” said Nadal. “I think that I'm confident in myself. If I'm not able to execute my game plan, it's going to be complicated. But if I play well, and I have played well up to now, no, I've got all my chances. But it's always a match and anything can happen.”
Nadal is 8-4 lifetime against Thiem, while Djokovic holds a 28-26 lifetime record over Nadal.