Found June 06, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Rafael Nadal is on another roll at the French Open, winning his past 12 sets heading into a semifinal showdown Friday against top-ranked Novak Djokovic. After falling behind in each of his first three matches, Nadal looks dominant again. He's 57-1 at Roland Garros and on the verge of becoming the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event. The Nadal-Djokovic winner will play for the title Sunday against No. 4-seeded David Ferrer or No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who meet in the other semifinal. Tsonga's trying to become the first Frenchman since Yannick Noah in 1983 to win Roland Garros. But Nadal vs. Djokovic has the feel of a final, and it's a match that's been much anticipated since the draw was announced.

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Nadal cruises into French semis

Turning in his finest performance yet at this year's French Open, seven-time champion Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory over ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka on Wednesday. He will play world No. 1 Novak Djokokovic who beat the twelth-seeded Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-6(5), 7-5. After dropping the first set in each of the first two rounds, Nadal has won 12...

Column: In tennis, Rafa vs. Roger is so yesterday

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Nadal easily beats Wawrinka to reach French semis

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Djokovic – Nadal French Open Semifinal to Air LIVE on Tennis Channel

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Why does No. 1 play No. 3 instead of No. 4? A short explanation of seeding in Grand Slam tennis

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Djokovic and Nadal Cruise into Semifinal

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Roland Garros Day 12: Links Roundup with Sharapova, Kuerten, Djokovic and Mixed Doubles Champs

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