Teenager Vondrousova outwits Konta to reach French Open final

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This is only her fourth Grand Slam appearance - she reached the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.

"It's a different time for us now than it was five years ago now, obviously".

Federer vs. Nadal is one of the great rivalries in sports. That's great to see.

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during his mens singles semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland.

Rafael Nadal reached his 12th French Open final as he extended his flawless record against Roger Federer at Roland Garros with a resounding 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory on a windy Friday in Paris. He relatively cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory and will face the victor of the rain-delayed semifinal between Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

From that point on, Vondrousova began to use her splendid array of drop shots, lobs and superb anticipation to take charge, helped by regular errors off the Konta racquet.

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Serving for the opener, Thiem held at love following a weak forehand from Djokovic, moving 6-2 in front and hoping for more of the same in the rest of the encounter.

Djokovic has experienced similar delays before and bounced back during his ongoing 26-match Grand Slam win streak. The Spaniard has always been renowned as the best wind player, his footwork so outstanding, and with more margin of error on his shots, he will have felt more comfortable than Federer, whose aggressive game-style requires ideal timing.

This was the first time since 2011 the four top-seeded men were in the Roland Garros semifinals.

Federer went four and a half years between major titles from to 2012 to 2017.

"There's no doubt that scheduling has been challenged by weather conditions and the WTA understands the scheduling issues presented at Roland Garros, " said Simon. Here are some takeaways from Day 13 of the French Open.

Nadal didn't make a Grand Slam semifinal in 2015 or 2016, ending the latter season early with a wrist injury.

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Rafael Nadal is one win away from a record-extending 12th French Open title after he coped better in horrendously windy conditions to tame the game of Roger Federer and claim a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory in the semi-finals.

She's running at 113.7% combined service/return points won at this tournament to get to this stage, with Konta at 112.5% slightly behind.

"The presence I think of history-making is stronger than ever right now in my career", Djokovic said.

World No.8 Barty is the highest-ranked player remaining in the women's draw after Anisimova stunned defending champion Simona Halep in straight sets to book her spot in the last four.

Vondrousova will face either eighth-seeded Ash Barty or 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova for the title.

Asked if it felt like her two previous Grand Slam semi-finals, played on Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena and Wimbledon's Centre Court, she replied: "In terms of the surrounding and the occasion, probably not".

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The final would then be switched to Sunday before the men's decider.

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