Johanna Konta produced a stunning performance to defeat Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4 and reach the semi-finals of the French Open.
There she will face Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova, who won a much closer affair against 31st seed Petra Martic 7-6, 7-5 to make the last four at a Slam for the first time.
In the men’s semi-finals there will be a 39th meeting between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and a first at Roland Garros for eight years.
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both reacted to the news of Andy Murray’s impending comeback at Queen’s Club after reaching the semi-finals. The pair were among those who took part in a farewell video for the Scot at the Australian Open.
Federer added: “It was an emotional moment. I think he just was at a breaking point. I think after we realised he wasn’t sure, we were all hoping he would come back.”
Nadal added: “I always thought that he will find a way to try to be back, so I’m happy to see that he’s going to play again. ”
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Novak Djokovic will attempt to join his big rivals in the semi-finals when he takes on fifth seed Alexander Zverev, who is bidding to reach the last four at a Grand Slam for the first time.
The winner will take on either fourth seed Dominic Thiem, last year’s beaten finalist, or 10th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov.
Defending women’s champion Simona Halep faces 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova in the women’s quarter-finals, with the winner to take on either eighth seed Ashleigh Barty or American Madison Keys.News Now - Sport News