Nadal beats Federer to enter 12th French Open final

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 07, 2019 19:32 hrs
Nadal beats Federer

Eleven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal continued his dominance over long-time rival Roger Federer on the red clay of Roland Garros to enter his 12th final in the season's second Grand Slam.

The King of Clay won the 39th match of their legendary rivalry 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 25 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier to improve to a 92-2 record at the clay-court Grand Slam championship.

It was also his 14th win in 16 clay-court matches against Federer and sixth consecutive at the French Open.

The Spaniard broke the Swiss icon six times, crucially in the third and ninth games of the second set en route to doubling his advantage.

He then broke twice more in the third set as he completed his masterclass.

Meanwhile, the women's singles final will take place between Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova, two first-time Grand Slam finalists.

Australia's Barty, the world number eight, came back from a set and 0-3 down to defeat 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

Czech teenager Vondrousova also made sure of her place in the final at the Slams by edging out Britain’s Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6 (2).

Vondrousova is the first teenager in a Paris final since Ana Ivanovic in 2007. Eighth seed Barty, 23, is the first Australian in a French Open final since Samantha Stosur finished runner-up in 2010.