Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach French Open final

Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach French Open final

Rafael Nadal took on arch-rival Roger Federer in the semi-final of the 2019 Roland Garros.

The two men's semi-finals were being played on Philippe Chatrier on Friday and organisers said they had chosen to hold the women's semi-finals at the same time away from centre court earlier in the day "to respect sporting fairness".

In Sunday's final, the No. 2-seeded Nadal will take on either No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 4 Dominic Thiem.

Nadal has never lost a semifinal at the clay-court major.

Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app. The last British woman to reach the French Open final was Sue Barker in 1976 (she won the title). I don't think you know quite what to expect tomorrow, but I will prepare and do the best that I can to keep it normal.

Five straight wins against Nadal in recent years had changed the dynamic between the two, Federer finding a way to turnaround the Spaniard's dominance.

"It was a big challenge for me today but I was hitting the ball more cleanly", said 32-year-old Djokovic. "I don't know how, and I don't know how I did it, but it just happened", said Anisimova.

The second semifinal, meanwhile, pits world number one Novak Djokovic against last year's runner-up, Austria's Dominic Thiem.

Trivia Answer from Wednesday: The four players who have reached the quarters or better at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year are one woman (Barty) and three men (Djokovic, Nadal and Kei Nishikori). At 28, she's also the oldest. The Swiss maestro was a 3-1 dog in the 2008 French Open Final and lost 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.

Barty was staring down the barrel of a defeat last night after a stunning first-set collapse and a slow start to the second set saw her facing a 3-0 deficit, before rallying to take the final two sets and the match 6-7 6-3 6-3. "I don't really focus on my opponent that much. Other people might have a different perspective on this, but I really like this and really like my career and how it's going".

Vondrousova, meanwhile, trailed 5-3 in each set but came back each time.

Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova also made sure of her place in a maiden final at the Slams by edging out Britain's Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6 (7/2). She reached a career best ranking of No. 38 in the world, and this tournament is the first time Vondrousova has advanced pas the fourth round at a grand slam.

"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.

"You're afraid that some players might feel that it's a lack of respect or we are just trying to diminish it - no", he said.

Tickets for both men's semi-finals were sold to fans as separate sessions to be played on Chatrier on Friday, leaving Roland Garros with little room for manoeuvre as they tried to plan for heavy rain and strong winds forecast.

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