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Rafael Nadal is a win away from a record seventh French Open title by demolishing fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 on Friday in Paris. This will be Nadal’s fifth consecutive major final dating back to last year’s Roland Garros final.
Nadal’s play was so perfect that he even won a point hitting a shot when he had fallen down.
“We were playing a fantastic point. You fall down. But I saw the ball all the time,” Nadal said. “Even if I lost the balance of my body, I was watching the ball in every moment. Even if I’m on the floor, I had time to hit the ball in a reasonably good position.’”
“I really don’t like to talk about perfection because, in my opinion, that doesn’t exist,” Nadal said. “You can always play better. But for sure, I’m very happy with how I’m playing.”
The No. 2 seed Nadal has not lost a set in this year’s tournament.
“He plays better than me all the time,” said the conquered Ferrer. “It’s difficult to say something, no? He was better, and
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Rafael Nadal moved closer to a record seventh French Open title
and improved to 50-1 for his career at the tournament by beating
12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals
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That Djokovic made it after running into only a wisp of a challenge from Roger Federer - well, that came as a bigger surprise.
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Roland Garros 2012
Schedule for Day 13: Friday, 8 June 2012
Court Philippe Chatrier 1:00 PM Start Time
1. Men’s Singles – Semifinals
David Ferrer (ESP) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2. Men’s Singles – Semifinals
Novak Djokovic (SRB) v. Roger Federer (SUI)
Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 AM Start Time
1. Men’s Legends Over 45
Peter McNamara (AUS) v. Mansour Bahrami...
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