Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer have got past the quarters and will meet in the second Roland Garros semi-final.
When the main draw for Roland Garros was being announced, fans, especially Spanish ones, dared to dream of a Nadal – Ferrer semi-final. After two huge matches, the two Spaniards have sealed their semi-final spots, where they will go toe-to-toe on the Parisian clay.
Nadal’s quarter-final opponent was countryman Nicolás Almagro. Both men came in to the game without having dropped a set, but the six-time winner of the Parisian clay tournament put an end to Almagro’s run in a match that started out as a tight contest. Nadal had to win a tie-break 7-4 to take the first set. The rest of the match was a much more one-sided affair, Nadal winning 6-2, 6-3 to book his ticket to an all-Spanish semi-final.
The other half of that clash will be David Ferrer, who added to a great day for Spanish tennis, defeating Scotsman Andy Murray. After four sets, the Spaniard was able to celebrate his first Roland Garros semi-final and his third in a Grand Slam. After taking the first set 6-4, he could only watch on as Murray’s reaction saw him take the tie-break 3-7 in the second. But Ferrer was able to shift up another gear in the third, winning 6-3 and by the fourth Murray seemed to have thrown in the towel, Ferrer closing the game out 6-2.
The semi-finals therefore will be the following: Novak Djokovic – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – David Ferrer, meaning Spanish tennis fans are guaranteed they will have someone to cheer for in the final.