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Day 12 at Roland-Garros by Joseph Jabbour

Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Thiem are facing brutal weather conditions on Friday at Roland-Garros. Adding a dramatic effect to what seems to be already considered as one of the greatest days of men’s tennis in years.

 

Entering by the central terrace of the village felt apocalyptic today, wind is blowing violently, and rain is pouring. It’s hard to believe it’s the place that witnessed the annual soirée blanche just yesterday. The summerish vibe turned into an autumnal scenery, that didn’t affect the arrival of VIPs. TV stars, journalists, anchors had lunch at the Hennessey space, and were escorted to the loge at the Chatrier Court to witness Federer’s defeat facing the indisputable king of Clay, Rafael Nadal.

In the 39th match of their incredible rivalry, it was Nadal, for the 24th time – and sixth time at Roland Garros – who kept his cool, kept his feet moving denying the 37-year-old Federer the dream of a second title.

As for the women tournament, Johanna Konta missed out on becoming the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam final since 1977 by losing to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the French Open semi-finals.

The Aussie Ash Barty also booked her spot in the decider with a courageous display, against Amanda Anisimova.

 

Finals are about to take place this weekend and the question remains:

Who will be crowned queen and king of clay for this season?

 

It's being billed as one of the greatest days of men's tennis in years, but Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem may face brutal conditions on Friday at Roland Garros when they contest their semi-finals.
The women’s semi-finals, Barty versus Anisimova and Konta versus Vondrousova, earlier on Friday all dealt with cold, rain and wind gusts of more than 39 miles per hour in Paris during their matches.

 

From celebrities to young sport’s fans, chefs, those working on the field, those here to accompany their friends, media and press… the answer is almost anonymous. Nadal will definitely triumph, and overall, most are betting for a finale against Djokovic.

For the women, opinions are less cut-certain but tomorrow’s confrontation promise to be ultra-exciting!

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