Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the semi-final clash 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to reach his record 12th French Open final. The Spaniard dominated from the start and made the most of the blowing winds to his advantage. Federer struggled to connect with his low shots and saw himself getting frustrated during the match.
In head to head records, Nadal leads Federer 23-15, but Federer has won their past five matches. On clay, the Spaniard leads their series 13-2 and has won their past four meetings on the surface. However, they haven’t played on it since the 2013 Internazionali BNL d’Italia final. Although Federer hasn’t beaten Nadal on clay since the 2009 Mutua Madrid Open final, he believes he can reverse the trend.