Kei Nishikori wins 5-set thriller, reaches French Open quarters

Experience was the key in Stan Wawrinka's win over Tsitsipas says Corretja

Indeed, Wawrinka saved 16 of the 18 points he faced, while converting two of the five he had on Federer's serve, and given that Federer had break points in 11 of Wawrinka's service games, our recommendation being a loser was perhaps a question of 'correct process, wrong outcome'. The two tennis legends face off in the Roland Garros semifinals.

Roger Federer defeated countryman Stanislas Wawrinka to set up yet another encounter with Rafael Nadal to extend a seemingly endless rivalry.

There is a school of thought going around that Federer actually has the best chance he's ever had of dethroning Rafa. The red dirt is grueling, Federer is aging. He also holds the best percentage of wins in deciding sets (132-45) - either in best-of-five or best-of-three matches - since the Open Era began in 1968.

So it proved as "Stanimal" stood toe-to-toe with his friend and rival for three hours 35 minutes of sublime action in front of a captivated Court Suzanne Lenglen crowd.

The 2015 champion has been looking in a rich vein of form once again, striking the ball heftily off both wings.

An awe-inspiring display by Nadal left Federer flattened into the Parisian dirt.

Roger Federer hits a backhand. Seeing Federer placed behind the baseline, Wawrinka took a punt on a drop shot.

That led to a nice moment where Wawrinka put his arm around the official, drawing a laugh from Federer. Then there were tough matches in two days followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is really confident and playing well this year. After a tense exchange from the baseline, Wawrinka, seeing Federer moving up the court, positioned himself for a powerful forehand pass down the line. It wasn't pretty, but it got the job done. It was a close match with Federer winning 2 sets via tiebreakers. "I will try to do my best, so that the victories I have won on this surface against him count for something". He could not find a first serve, missed out on his first match-point, and then faced a break point courtesy of a Wawrinka forehand down the line. If he wins the point, great, if he loses it Nadal would have been deprived the kind of baseline pattern he thrives on. Their quarter-final engagements are scheduled for today. He reached the quarters without dropping a set. Pure shot-makers and fearless risk-takers, the two threw heavy punches at each other.

It was still not over: Federer double faulted on his next match point, again serve and volleyed, and finally closed it out with his 41st net victor after three hours and 35 minutes, 6-4-his 70th match-win at Roland Garros. This year, he chose to go back on clay after a three year hiatus. Even when the match was interrupted by a fast-moving storm when it was tied at 3 in the fourth set, the outcome seemed far from certain. The key for him is to change his game and play fast points, like Rafael Nadal.

"The way he finished that match against Stan being at the net after second serve, coming to serve and volley".

Nadal has a career scoreboard against Federer.

With his most convincing victory over Federer, Nadal matched Bjorn Borg's feat from 1981 of winning the French Open for a fourth year in succession. "He knows how to play on clay, unfortunately".

It is Federer's first Roland Garros semi-final since a defeat by Novak Djokovic in 2012. It took five matches here for me to get there.

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