PARIS: Rafael Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to reach the French Open final where he will bid to become the first man to win seven titles at Roland Garros.
Nadal will meet top-seed Novak Djokovic in the final after the Serb beat former world number one Roger Federer 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
Seeded second, despite winning six titles at the Roland Garros in the last seven years, Spain’s Nadal once again proved to have too much power and drive for his close friend.
Ferrer was bidding to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time in what was his 37th campaign.
“I probably played my best match here at Roland Garros this year,” said Nadal.
“I am sorry for David to lose like this. He is one of my best friends on the tour and one of the best claycourters. It was a fantastic match for me and I am so happy to be in another final.”
Ferrer carried into the match a 4-15 head-to-head record against Nadal, but had defeated him twice in Grand Slams — at the 2007 US Open last-16 and the 2011 Australian Open quarter-finals.
His only win over him on clay, however, dated back to their first encounter eight years ago when Nadal was just 17.
Sharapova celebrates with room service
Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova enjoyed a low-key celebration to reaching her first French Open final and reclaiming the world number one spot after a four-year absence — she ordered hotel room service.
“Yeah, my celebration was room service and a massage,” said the Russian before she tackles Sara Errani of Italy for the French Open title.
“How exciting, huh? Yeah, that’s as good as it gets before a final.”
Updated at: 06 December 2013
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The national team’s T20 Captain, Mohammad Hafeez, who had stayed behind for some personal reason, also left for Dubai today.
The national team will play a one off match against Afghanistan with T20 format on 8th December (Sunday), while it will spend the day (Friday) practicing ...
Updated at: 06 December 2013
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The panel of judges will comprise renowned artists Ali Azmat, Hadiqa Kiyani and Bushra Ansari. ...
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In a ... Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed being remembered today Lahore: Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, who was awarded Pakistan’s highest
military decoration, is being remembered today (Friday) on his 23th martyrdom anniversary.
Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed was also an elder brother of chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
Major General Sajjad Ali ... LB polls: electioneering ends in Balochistan, polling on Saturday QUETTA: Election campaign for local bodies elections ended at 12:00 midnight today and the polling will be held on Saturday.
All arrangements have been completed for LB elections 2013 scheduled to be held on Dec 07.
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According to sources, ... Courts to perform much better for rule of law after my retirement: CJ ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has expressed hope that after his retirement on December 11, the courts would perform much better for the rule of law and supremacy of constitution, Geo News reported.
The chief justice was addressing the participants of farewell dinner, hosted ...