Paris: The semifinal clash between Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev is the battle of generations. Nadal, who turned 36 today, is preparing to face the third seed, the 25-year-old German Alexander Zverev, on Friday.
While two other semi-finalists prepare to make history by reaching the Roland Garros final, Casper Ruud, the first-ever men’s Grand Slam semifinalist, is set to take on Croatia’s Marin Cilic.
All four will unleash their power play on the Ronald Garros today. Like other games, tennis is full of uncertainty, but it is an undeniable fact that Nadal, the king of clay, is a firm favourite to sail into the final. Third seed Zverev is a remarkable and energetic player to give an appropriate answer to Nadal’s stunning game.
Head to head, Zverev and Nadal clashed nine times earlier. Their Friday meeting will probably be their most important encounter. The Spaniard has an edge over his German rival by 6-3.
Nadla should be careful in today’s match as the wiry German has defeated him on three occasions out of their last four encounters. Both have faced each other once in a Grand Slam, that being at the 2017 Australian Open, where Nadal prevailed in an epic battle of five sets.
In the other fixture, Ruud and Cilic have faced each other twice–in 2021 and 2020-on outdoor hardcourt and clay. The 23-year-old Norwegian emerged victorious on both occasions.
The stage is set for the classic battle. All four players have an opportunity to reach the title clash stage, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday.
Iga Swiatek ready to face Coco Gauff in women’s final
Coco Gauff, the 18-year-old American tennis sensation, is set to face World No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the final on Saturday. Gauff reached her maiden Grand Slam final after knocking out Italy’s Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6-1 in the women’s singles semi-final at the French Open on Thursday. Her final hurdle is Iga Swiatek, who is in her supreme form at the moment.
The world number one and the 2020 Roland Garros champion advanced to the final by defeating her Russian opponent, No. 20, Daria Kasatkina, 6-2, 6-1. She continued her winning streak; it was her 34th victory in a row.
The title clash in the women’s section will certainly give tennis fans a chance to watch some extraordinary displays of power tennis on the Red Court. Both players are ready to produce their best game to wrap up the title.