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  • Rafael Nadal wins 100th five-set clay-court match to reach French Open semi-finals as Pablo Carreno Busta retires

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
    Published: Wednesday, 7 June 2017
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    A retirement from Pablo Carreno Busta has seen Rafael Nadal reach his 10th French Open semi-final as he recorded his 100th five-sets clay-court win on Day 11.

    The world No. 4 was thumping Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2 2-0 on Philippe-Chatrier when his compatriot was forced to pull out.

    While the manner of the win is not what Nadal would’ve wished on his friend, his incredible achievement should not be overshadowed.

    He’s won 100 five-set clay-court matches and lost just two. Let that sink in – it’s simply incredible.

    His only losses both came at Roland Garros against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and against Novak Djokovic, a potential semi-final opponent, in 2015 and he will look to extend that record as he chases la decima.

    Nadal was at his brutal best when returning in the opening set but allowed his compatriot to snatch two breaks of serve as he recorded the best result in a first set that anyone has managed in the 2017 edition of the French Open.

    The fourth seed’s previous first set scores had read 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-1 and it shows just how dominant he’s been that we’re talking about losing a set 6-2 as some form of achievement.

    Both players were operating at below 40% points won on their first serve but Carreno Busta’s 0% record on his second serve pretty much summed up his chances of winning a game on serve in the opener.

    The 20th seed received treatment at the end of a punishing opening set and Nadal stormed into a 2-0 lead.

    But his compatriot decided he could not continue and Nadal’s waltz into the last-four was complete.

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