French Open as it happened: Federer, Nadal set up semis showdown

French Open updates: Ashleigh Barty, Madison Keys, Simona Halep and Amanda Anisimova are among the others round-of-16 action on Day 9.

Roger Federer will take on Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals of French Open 2019.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of the 2019 French Open quarterfinals.

 

12.53pm: DONE! Vondrousova takes the second set 7-5 and with that seals her progress to the semifinals!

12.30am: Vondrousova is serving for the match but Martic spoils her rhythm by breaking the Czech teenager to make it 4-5 in the second set.

11.47pm: Impressive from Vondrousova. Shows no nerves and takes the tie-breaker 7-1 to wrap up the first set.

11.40pm: Oooh we have a tie-breaker! At 6-5, 0-40 down, Vondrousova digs in to take the first set to a tie-breaker.

11.12pm: BREAKS! Martic comes back to break Vondrousova and level the first set 3-3.

11.05pm: Martic puts up a good fight but Vondrousova manages to take the fifth game. The youngster leads 3-2.

10:55pm: It's one game all as Vondrousova easily holds serve.

READ | Who is Marketa Vondrousova?

10:51pm: Petra Martic serves to begin her quarterfinal match against Marketa Vondrousova, and she holds for the loss of one point.

10:32pm: In the next 10 minutes we'll have two first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalists on Court Suzanne-Lenglen: 19-year-old Markéta Vondroušová and 28-year-old Petra Martić, the 31st seed.

Martić has beaten Vondroušová all four times they have met, including in the final of the Istanbul Cup in April where both were seeking a first WTA title.

10:30pm: Roger Federer sets up a semifinal clash with Rafael Nadal.

Federer overcomes Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in three hours and 35 minutes.

What a match this has been! Back and forth between Federer and Wawrinka. The crowd is on its feet. Truly world-class tennis from two former Roland-Garros champions.

The match stats:

WawrinkaPlayerFederer
8Aces5
7Double faults2
66%First serve63%
71%Win on 1st serve77%
46%Win on 2nd serve58%
9/24Net points won41/60
2/5Break points won2/18
30%Receiving points won37%
54Winners53
61Unforced errors49
152Total points won168

 

10:29pm: A second double fault of the game by Federer. Deuce.

Match point No. 3 now.

10:28pm: Wawrinka sends a backhand long while trying to go for the corner. A second match point for Federer.

10:27pm: Brilliant pass from Wawrinka for break point!

Serve-and-volley brilliance from Federer for deuce!

10:26pm: Deuce!

10:25pm: Match point for Roger Federer!

10:24pm: After three hours and 30 minutes, Federer has his first double fault.

10:22pm: Roger Federer gets the crucial break to go up 5-4 in the fourth set. The 2009 champion is serving for the match.

10:18pm: Fed holds serve for four all.

Rafael Nadal is through to the semifinals of the 2019 French Open with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win over seventh seed Kei Nishikori.

The match stats:

NishikoriPlayerNadal
2Aces3
1Double faults3
72%First serve72%
44%Win on 1st serve76%
50%Win on 2nd serve52%
7/10Net points won8/9
1/5Break points won7/11
31%Receiving points won55%
17Winners29
30Unforced errors22
55Total points won88

 

10:15pm: Play is back on at the French Open. Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori both hold serve. The 11-time champion is serving for the match at 6-1, 6-1, 5-3.

Stan Wawrinka holds serve to go up 4-3. Roger Federer leads 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 3-4.

9:33pm: The storm had been forecast to hit Paris earlier in the day, but its eventual arrival led to the covers being pulled out on the show courts.

Federer and Wawrinka decided to leave the court amid light drizzle and severe gloominess.

Johanna Konta had already booked her place in the semifinals by defeating Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-4, while Petra Martic and Marketa Vondrousova were due on Court Suzanne-Lenglen after Federer's clash with Wawrinka.

READ | Johanna Konta first British woman to reach French Open semifinal since 1983

 

8:58pm: Play is suspended as a heavy storm is expected to hit soon. Lightning in the background.

Roger Federer leads Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 3-3 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

Rafael Nadal leads Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1, 4-2 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

8:57pm: Nishikori trails Nadal 1-6, 1-6, 2-4.

8:55pm: Federer holds serve to go three all against Wawrinka in the fourth.

8:53pm: Nadal holds for a 4-1 lead in the third against Nishikori.

8:50pm: Wawrinka staves off a break point again and holds to lead Federer 3-2 in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Nadal breaks Nishikori to go up 3-1 in the third set.

8:45pm: Nadal holds for a 2-1 lead in the third.

8:43pm: Federer holds to love for 2-2. This match has crossed three hours.

8:40pm: Nishikori breaks Nadal back. It's one all in the third.

Wawrinka holds serve to lead Federer 2-1 in the fourth.

Federer is just not able to convert his break points today. He's just one of 15. In contrast, Wawrinka is two of four.

8:37pm: Federer brings up a third break point on the Wawrinka serve.

8:35pm: Nadal saves four break points on the way to saving the opening game of the third set against Nishikori.

Meanwhile, Federer has two break points.

8:33pm: Federer holds to love. It's one all in the fourth.

8:31pm: An easy hold for Wawrinka to begin the fourth set.

8:23pm: Federer finds a first serve at the right time and brings up three set points. Wawrinka saves the first. And the second. And the third set ends on a high for Roger Federer. Wawrinka returns a wide serve to his backhand into the net. Federer leads 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5).

On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Nadal leads 6-1, 6-1 after breaking Nishikori again.

8:20pm: Nadal holds serve and is a game away from a two-set lead over Nishikori.

Meanwhile, Federer races to a 5-1 lead in the third-set tiebreaker.

8:18pm: Federer has the mini-break at 2-1 in the tiebreaker. This match is poised on a knife's edge though.

8:16pm: It's another tiebreaker in the third set as Wawrinka holds serve against Federer.

On Philippe-Chatrier, Nadal breaks Nishikori again for a 4-1 lead in the second.

8:11pm: Federer comes through a 16-point game to lead the third set 6-5.

On Philippe-Chatrier, Nadal leads Kishikori 6-1, 3-1.

8:06pm: Wawrinka gets another break point. Federer serves and survives.

8:05pm: Top-flight tennis from one the greatest at all time and one of the best of his generation.

Wawrinka brings up a break point, which Federer saves.

Meanwhile, Nadal breaks Nishikori again for a 2-1 lead in the second set.

8:00pm: It's Kei Nishikori's time to break. He levels the second set against Rafael Nadal at one all.

On Suzanne-Lenglen, it's five all in the third set after two set points come and go for Federer.

7:59pm: Wawrinka saves a Federer set point. The pressure is on him as he serves to stay in the set.

What a misjudgement by Wawrinka! Federer sends a soft lob that Wawrinka lets go of, and it lands in! Second set point for the world No. 3, which is also saved.

7:56pm: Nadal brings up three break points in the first game of the second set, and he needs just one. He leads Nishikori 6-1, 1-0.

7:53pm: Federer holds serve and is one game away from a two-sets-to-one lead.

7:51pm: Rafael Nadal wins the opening set 6-1 against Kei Nishikori in 34 minutes.

7:49pm: Federer has two more break points. He's not won one of the previous eight.

Federer breaks Wawrinka! It's four all in the third at the two-hour-and-10-minutes mark.

7:48pm: Federer goes 30-love up on the Wawrinka serve, and the crowd rallies for him.

7:46pm: Nadal break Nishikori again and will serve for the first set at 5-1.

7:44pm: A stunning return gives Wawrinka a 30-love lead. Federer finds the line for a crosscourt winner. Wawrinka finds a break point and converts it for a 4-3 lead in the third set.

7:42pm: Nadal races to a 4-1 leads in the opening set against Nishikori.

Wawrinka has a love-service hold for three all in the third.

7:39pm: Federer comes from love-30 to win the game. A loud 'C'mon' at 40-30 and another on the next point. The 20-time Grand Slam champion shows some emotion finally. It's 3-2.

On Philippe-Chatrier, Nishikori wins his first game of the match. He trails Nadal 1-3.

7:36pm: Wawrinka holds for two all, third set.

7:34pm: A double fault gives Federer his eighth break point of the match. But Wawrinka, again, finds his serve when he needs it. Deuce.

7:29pm: Three straights aces give Federer the game for 2-1 against Wawrinka.

7:28pm: Wawrinka holds for one-all in the third set.

As does Nadal for a 3-0 lead in the first.

7:24pm: A couple of sharp winners gives Federer the opening game of the third set against Wawrinka.

Meanwhile, Nadal converts his first break point of the match against Nishikori.

7:20pm: Nadal holds serve with the loss on a single point. It's 1-0.

7:16pm: Wawrinka wins the second set 6-4. It's one set all as Federer loses his first set in the tournament.

On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Rafael Nadal serves to open the match against Kei Nishikori.

7:15pm: Wawrinka squanders his third set point when he sends the ball wide with the court open. A wide backhand from Federer gives Wawrinka a fourth set point.

7:14pm: A brilliant backhand winner from Federer saves a second set point.

7:13pm: Wawrinka brings up three set points. He runs to the net and sends the balls long on the first.

7:12pm: Stan Wawrinka is serving for the second set at 5-4 against Roger Federer.

6:54pm: The King of Clay is up next on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Rafael Nadal takes on seventh seed Kei Nishikori.

On Court Suzanne-Lenglen, Federer holds but trails Stan Wawrinka 2-3 in the second set.

6:52pm: Wawrinka holds for a 3-1 lead in the second set over Roger Federer.

6:51pm: It's deuce. Federer has been unable to convert even one of his seven break points.

And Johanna Konta is the first British woman to reach the French Open semis since Jo Durie in 1983. The 26th seed beats 2018 runner-up Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4.

All smiles

Johanna Konta after her match against Sloane Stephens at French Open 2019.   -  Getty Images

 

 

6:50pm: A 15-shot rally brings up two break points for Federer.

6:45pm: Federer serves his first two aces of the match. But an unforced error followed by a super backhand crosscourt return by Wawrinka makes it duece. And now a break point!

Stan the Man has the first break of the match! On his first break point! He's up 2-1 against Federer in the second set.

On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Joanna Konta is serving for the match against Sloane Stephens.

6:42pm: Wawrinka keeps absorbing the pressure. He holds for one-all in the second set against Federer.

Konta holds serve to love and is one game away from becoming the first British woman since Jo Durie to reach the French Open semifinals in 1983.

6:39pm: Stephens holds serve.

And Federer brings up a break point. He sends a backhand long. That zero of five break points converted in this match.

6:35pm: Konta holds to love to lead 6-1, 4-2.

Wawrinka goes 30-love up, but Federer rattles off four straight points to hold serve at the beginning of the second set.

6:32pm: Stephens holds to love. Konta leads 3-2 in the second set.

 

6:31pm: Federer goes up 6-4 and then takes for the first set 7-4 in the tiebreak against Wawrinka.

Konta, meanwhile, holds to love to go up 3-1 in the second.

6:27pm: Stephens finally wins another game. She trails Konta 1-6, 1-2.

Federer is up 4-2 in the tiebreak against Wawrinka.

6:26pm: Federer has the mini-break at 3-1 when Wawrinka sends a forehand long.

6:23pm: Federer holds to love, again, for 6-all. Wawrinka will serve to open the tiebreak.

Konta leads Stephens 6-1, 2-0.

6:19pm: Wawrinka holds for 6-5.

And Konta breaks Stephens in the opening game of the second set. She leads 6-1, 1-0.

6:17pm: A nervy hold of serve for Federer. Five all.

6:12pm: Joanna Konta wins the first set 6-1 against Sloane Stephens in 32 minutes on Court Philip-Chatrier.

Wawrinka holds for 5-4. Federer to serve to stay in the set, which shouldn't be too difficult considering he's dropped only two points on his serve.

6:08pm: Federer holds to love. Wawrinka has taken just two points off his serve till now. Four all.

Konta breaks Stephens again for a 5-1 lead.

6:05pm: Wawrinka battles through another service game for 4-3.

6:04pm: Wawrinka sends a forehand wide to give Federer a second break point of the game. A stunning approach to the net saves Wawrinka. Deuce again.

Konta holds for a 4-1 lead against Stephens.

6:02pm: Roger Federer brings up one more break point. Will he convert this one? He misses.

5:59pm: Joanna Konta breaks 2018 finalist Sloane Stephens to lead 3-1 in the first set.

5:58pm: Federer races to 40-0 but Wawrinka wins a point with a stunning backhand to the very corner. Federer holds easily for 3-3.

Konta brings up two break points on Stephens's serve.

5:54pm: Federer brings up a break point, but Wawrinka's booming serve saves him again. It's 3-2 on serve.

Konta leads Stephens 2-1 on serve.

5:50pm: Roger Federer loses his first point on his serve at 40-15. But he takes the game with the first serve and volley of the match on the next point. Two all.

Stephens vs Konta is 1-1.

5:47pm: A booming ace brings up three game points for Wawrinka. Federer gets a net cord while approaching the net, and the Swiss No. 2 hammers a crosscourt passing winner. Wawrinka leads 2-1.

Joanna Konta holds serves after a long opening game against Sloane Stephens.

5:45pm: A simple hold to love for Roger Federer. One all in the first set.

5:43pm: Federer has a break point at 30-40 but shanks the ball into the net while trying to take it early.

Wawrinka takes the opening game with an ace.

5:39pm: Stan Wawrinka to serve against Roger Federer.

5:20pm: We're 10 minutes away from Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka taking to Court Suzanne-Lenglen for their fourth meeting at Roland-Garros. Fed won their 2010 and 2011 round-of-16 matches, but Stan won in the 2015 quarterfinals on his way to the title.

Federer leads their head-to-head 22-3, but this will still be a tricky encounter for him. All three of Wawrinka's wins over Federer have come on clay.

On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Sloane Stephens, the runner-up last year, will take on Joanna Konta. After never making it past the first round at Roland-Garros in four previous attempts, Konta is now the British woman to reach the quarters in Paris since Jo Durie in 1983.

Novak Djokovic breezed through his match against Jan-Lennard Struff on Monday. Australian tennis legend Rod Laver has tipped him to win the tournament and complete a calendar Grand Slam. (READ)

WATCH | French Open highlights: Imperious Novak Djokovic thrashes Jan-Lennard Struff

We saw one of the shots of the tournament, and maybe of the year, from Dominic Thiem against Gael Monfils on Monday. Even Monfils, who is known for his athleticism and audacious shots, could not hide his amusement.

Thiem's been in the news for more than his tweener recently. In what's being called the press conference row, Thiem took offense to being asked to move out of his press conference so that Serena Williams could be accomodated. He went on to say the 23-time Grand Slam champion had a 'bad personality'.

Still a lot of time to go till quarterfinal action starts with the exciting Federer-Wawrinka clash. While we wait, take a look at how yesterday's action at French Open went. Djokovic, Thiem, Nishikori, Halep and more...

 

Today's fixtures

Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka (5:30pm IST)

Sloane Stephens vs Marketa Vondrousova (5:30pm IST)

Rafael Nadal vs Kei Nishikori (6:45pm* IST)

Marketa Vondrousova vs Petra Martic (7:30pm* IST)

*Estimated

 

We've reached the business end of the tournament and what a way to start! Friends and compatriors Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka face off for the 26th time in their career. Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori, who battled past Benoit Paire on Monday, are in action in the other quarterfinal.

In the women's singles quarterfinals, last year's runner-up Sloane Stephens is up against Italian Open finalist Johanna Konta. In the other match, 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova takes on Petra Martic.

Day 9 (round of 16) highlights

Men's singles

Novak Djokovic bt Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Alexander Zverev bt Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6

Dominic Thiem bt Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Karen Khachanov bt Juan Martin del Porto 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Kei Nishikori bt Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-7, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5

Women's singles

Madison Keys bt Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-4

Ashleigh Barty bt Sofia Kenin 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

Simona Halep bt Iga Swiatek 6-1, 6-0

Amanda Anisimova bt Aliona Bolsova 6-3, 6-0