Can Roger Federer upset Rafael Nadal at the French Open?

Roger Federer played from the baseline vs Rafael Nadal in best match ever'

Roger Federer played from the baseline vs Rafael Nadal in best match ever'

It took five matches.

During their historic rivalry, Nadal holds a 13-2 advantage over Federer in matches played on clay, including a 5-0 record at the French Open.

The Serbian leads their head-to-head 6-2, although both of Thiem's wins have come on clay - including a straight-sets success in the 2017 French Open quarter-finals when Djokovic was the defending champion.

"Every match needs to be played before it's decided, and that's exactly what everybody believes by facing Rafa", Federer, the 20-time grand slam victor, told reporters.

Nadal, bidding for a record-extending 12 titles, believes the Swiss will be coming at him with all guns blazing after a comfortable passage to the last four.

"We always try things. If not, I will be in trouble", said Nadal. On Roger Federer's potential tactic against Rafael Nadal, Wilander concluded: "I think he has a chance if he comes out and plays sort of careful tennis with the process of finding the right mixture of drop shots, slice backhands, flat backhands, the right mixture of serve and volley". I have been playing well, very solid. Rafael Nadal sprinted past Kei Nishikori in a straight-set win.

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The then-19-year-old Nadal burst onto the Roland Garros scene with a stunning semi-final victory over top-seeded Federer, going on to lift the title with a final win over Argentina's Mariano Puerta.

Should he manage it, it would be arguably one of the greatest feats of his sensational career.

However, if you're looking for some positive news for Federer, the last time they played at the French Open was the 2011 final.

"For me to even get to Rafa was not simple", Federer, at almost 38 the oldest men's Grand Slam semi-finalist for 28 years, said after defeating countryman Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday.

"I knew that when I signed up for the clay that hopefully that's gonna happen".

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