The wind made life hard for both players and the rain had spectators hovering under umbrellas but Konta began well, moving ahead 2-0 with an early break. When told of those facts, Nadal replied, matter-of-factly: "It's incredible, being honest".
The Spaniard's sparkling run in Paris comes on the back of his Rome title win, which followed semi-final exits in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.
"It's always a pleasure to play with him". The semifinals are always very hard matches, whatever the opponent.
The 19-year-old Vondrousova, in her first grand slam semifinal, held her nerve to win the tiebreak 7-2 and set up a clash with Australia's Ash Barty, a three-set victor over 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova.
Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, by extension, would be John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
For the tournament and for Federer, the fact that Federer is back on clay and competitive again, it's something important. No. 24 Stan Wawrinka, and No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs.
Federer received a warning for ball abuse when he angrily smashed one into the crowd after being broken again in the third game of the third set, and from there the end was swift.
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But Nadal simply plays a different sport on this surface. But Anisimova held serve and preceded to reel off six straight games before winning the first set in a tiebreaker. He's playing the French for the first time since 2015, on the 10th anniversary of his lone Roland Garros title.
Briton Johanna Konta, who lost her semifinal to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on Court Simonne-Mathieu, was among those critical of the scheduling, especially when she was asked if it felt like a Grand Slam semifinal.
In response to a reporter's question at the Italian Open - which Nadal won in a promising sign just ahead of Roland Garros - Nadal gave a rapidfire tour of his psyche that went viral on social media: "What happened in Monte-Carlo happened".
"That was fantastic, both good and bad", said Barty who will rise to the top three in the rankings next week. "With an wonderful team around me, we're enjoying it, having a lot of fun, having some unbelievable results". That's the reality. Beyond [that], I can not tell you anything.
The best that people who love high-quality tennis can hope for is as many meetings as possible between Federer and Nadal while they're both still on the court.
Play was eventually cancelled for the day about 50 minutes later despite no rain falling - leading to criticism from former French Open champion and pundit Jim Courier.
However, France's former world number one and two-time major victor Amelie Mauresmo blasted the decision to shift the women's semi-finals.
Friday's match was the 39th between the two since they first met, in 2004.
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Anisimova won her first major junior tournament at the age of 14, when she still ranked below the top 300.
Anisimova is on a steep upward curve, with her victory over tournament favourite Simona Halep the latest victory to evidence her improvement, and on clay in 2019 she's actually running at around 116% combined hold/break - very strong numbers indeed.
"I'm proud of the way I fought and found a way back into that match", Barty said.
When she steps onto Chatrier on Saturday, it will be Vondrousova's first experience of the arena. "That's ultimately when I play my best tennis and that's what we are after". "So it's going to be something huge", she said.
Nadal has been equally dominant and obliterated Kei Nishikori with an awesome show of force in the quarter-finals.
Having skipped the warm-up event in Strasbourg with an arm injury, Barty came into Paris without too much expectation, even if she felt she was playing well.
Vondrousova saved three set points while trailing 3-5 in the opening set.
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