Roger Federer set up a scrumptious Roland Garros elimination round conflict with Rafael Nadal on Tuesday when he defeated Stan Wawrinka in four sets to become the oldest men’s Grand Slam semifinalist in 28 years.
The 37-year-old Swiss beat his countryman 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to achieve his 43rd real elimination round and eighth at Roland Garros.
Shielding champion Nadal, offering for a twelfth title at the French Open, blitzed a fatigued Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.
Federer trails his no holds barred record with Nadal 23-15 – regardless of winning their last five matches – and 13-2 on earth.
The Spaniard has a 5-0 stranglehold over Federer at Roland Garros with Nadal winning their latest Paris conflict in the 2011 last.
Federer, who said post-coordinate that the fantasy is to win the competition, is the most seasoned man to make the semis at one of the enormous four competitions since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open matured 39.
Nadal, who turned 33 on Monday, took his record in Paris to 91 wins and only two annihilations in an uneven challenge with Nishikori to achieve his 31st Slam elimination round.
“It’s an incredible fulfillment to be in another semi-last, there are heaps of feelings,” said Nadal.
“My dimension has been generally excellent all through the competition and I am glad to have the option to return and play one more day.”