French Open review: Smooth progress for Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal in action at Roland Garros

Second seed Rafael Nadal breezed into the last four of the French Open by beating Jannik Sinner in straight sets 7-6 (4) 6-4 6-1.

The 19-year-old Italian, reigning Next Gen ATP finals champion, had already beat two top-15 ranked players on his way to a first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Sinner, currently ranked 75 in the world, pushed Nadal in the opening set, breaking to lead 6-5 before the Spaniard – chasing a 13th Roland Garros crown and what would be a record-equalling 20 grand sNo wlam trophies – recovered to force the tie-break, which he took 7/4.

The Italian bounced back in the second to race out to a 3-1 lead, however Nadal relied on his veteran experience to clamber his way back and take the set before running away with it in the third.

The result sets up a mouth-watering semi-final matchup between Nadal and Diego Schwartzman.

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