French Open Diary – Friday 3rd June

Rafael Nadal

It’s the men’s semi-finals that take centre stage on Friday as the 2022 French Open edges closer towards its conclusion with two intriguing matches.

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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev

Casper Ruud v Marin Cilic

Rafael Nadal is looking to secure what would be a 14th French Open final spot as he prepares to face Germany’s Alexander Zverev today (Nadal 2/7, Zverev 5/2 – Match Betting).

The ‘King of Clay’ has already overcome world number one Novak Djokovic on his way to the semi-finals, despite nursing a chronic foot issue.

Nadal has admitted it has been a struggle managing the injury and a solution will be needed if he is to continue after the tournament at Roland Garros.

“The last three months and a half, for me, the only thing that I can say is they haven’t been easy,” Nadal said.

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“If we are not able to find an improvement or a small solution, then it’s becoming super difficult for me. So that’s it.

“It’s not the moment to talk about [what happens after the French Open]. We are going to talk about that when my tournament finishes.”

Meanwhile Zverev, who continues to search for his first Grand Slam title, will have taken plenty of confidence from his win over Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-finals.

Zverev has had some joy against Nadal in the past but it’s the Spaniard who has the better head-to-head record, winning six of their nine previous meetings.

On the other side of the draw, Norway’s surprise package Casper Ruud faces Marin Cilic (Ruud 2/5, Cilic 15/8 – Match Betting).

World number 23 Cilic will be battle hardened after he managed to overcome Andrey Rublev in a fifth-set tie-break.

Meanwhile Ruud came out on top in an all-Scandinavian affair as he beat Denmark’s Holger Rune in the quarters.

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Author: Lucille White