Nadal reaches Roland Garros semis

Nine-time champion Rafa Nadal reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros on Wednesday when fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta was forced to quit in the second set due to an injury on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal was leading was leading 6-2, 2-0 after 52 minutes when Carreno Busta quit due to an abdominal injury, for which he took a medical timeout at the end of the first set.

The match had been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday due to rain disruptions. Nadal’s next opponent will be either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Austrian Dominic Thiem who play in the other quarter-final. 

From the start of the match, the 31-year-old Nadal dominated in windy conditions breaking his opponent’s serve four times to claim the set 6-2 despite dropping his own serve twice.

He then started the second by holding serve and then claimed Carreno Busta’s serve again, who was clearly struggling, to lead 2-0 and thereafter the 25-year-old called it quits. 

For Nadal, his form has been sublime on the clay courts in Paris so far, having only dropped 22 games on his march to the semi-finals.

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