“La Decima” remains very much alive for Rafa Nadal

Ed Angeli

Rafael Nadal looks like himself again; the Spaniard has barely broke sweat this French Open, as the current number four seed is yet to drop a set at Roland Garros.

The 31-year-old has now advanced through to the semi-final, following fellow Spaniard’s, Pablo Carreno Busta, withdrawal in the pair’s quarter-final.

Rafa was leading the match 6-2 2-0 – meaning he now has won 13 sets from 13 at Roland Garros – until Busta had to retire early in the match, citing an abdominal pain which meant he could not continue.

It marks the 10th semi-final for the Spaniard in Paris, who is aiming to complete “La Decima” at the French Open. Few would argue against Nadal, who looks the most convincing of all the men on the tour.

King of Clay - Image Source: Twitter
King of Clay – Image Source: Twitter

It moves the king of clay’s remarkable record at the French Open to 76 wins, and just two loses. The Spaniard will now face Dominic Thiem, following the Austrian’s shock straight set victory over Novak Djokovic.

Elsewhere, world number one, Andy Murray takes on Kei Nishikori, whilst Stan Wawrinka faces Marin Čilić in the last quarter-final.

With all the remaining quarter-finalist dropping sets so far in the tournament, Nadal remains the standout figure at Roland Garros, and looks set to complete “La Decima” this coming Sunday.

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