After his dramatic 8-6 final set win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday, Stan Wawrinka attempts to continue his rather unlikely run in the French Open with a meeting with his more illustrious Swiss countryman, Roger Federer.
Despite being behind 23-15 in their head-to-head record and without a clay-court triumph over Nadal since Madrid 2009, Federer is confident that he can outmanoeuvre the defending champion on Friday.
Nadal said later: "I have been playing well, very solid". "Otherwise nobody will be in..."
Wawrinka saved 16 of 18 break points in a thrilling encounter, but Federer quickly finished off the match after a rain delay to progress. Before you make any Federer vs. Nadal picks or 2019 French Open predictions, you'll want to see what Sean Calvert picked, given the streak he's on.
Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won 52 Grand Slam singles titles between them, a total that far outstrips earlier generations of intense rivalry, such as the Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi era of the 1990s, the Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors' clashes of the 1970s and early 1980s, or the Australian domination of Rod Laver and Roy Emerson in the 1960s.
The match was so one-sided that the 26th-seeded Konta won all but one point on her serve in the second set - and the one that she lost was a double fault. I'm just happy the way I came back from 5-3, I think.More news: Kevin Durant ruled out for Game 3
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Now, Calvert has broken down Nadal vs. Federer, combining detailed statistical analysis and his years covering the sport to produce three best bets on this titanic matchup. The mental aspect of tennis can not be overstated, and it's true that the rivalry feels a bit less one-sided these days, though Nadal still holds a 23-15 career advantage.
Wawrinka credited Federer, saying, "It was important to be aggressive, to be inside the court, and he did that better than me". Federer, to his credit, significantly upgraded his topspin backhand in 2017, which helped him beat Nadal four times that year. "I didn't get a chance to really get into the match".
Federer pressed hard at the start of the fourth as the sky darkened and thunder rumbled, but Wawrinka was still refusing to budge and held firm until 3-3 when rain intervened.
In the semifinals, Konta will play either No. 31 Petra Martic of Croatia or 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova.
Konta eliminated 2018 runner-up Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4, grabbing 21 of the last 22 points she served, to become the first British woman in the French Open's final four since Jo Durie in 1983. He said, "I definitely got nothing to lose, I will try it, let's see what happens".
"It's going to be a tough one", said Keys, a semifinalist in Paris previous year.