Friday June 6, 2008
PARIS (AP) -- Top-ranked Roger Federer will try again for his
first French Open title Sunday against nemesis Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss star defeated unseeded Frenchman Gael Monfils
6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 in today's second semifinal at Roland Garros.
Earlier in the day, Nadal eliminated third-seeded Novak Djokovic
from the tournament for the third consecutive year and improved to 27-and-0 at Roland Garros with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 victory over the Serb.
The Spaniard is the first man since Ivan Lendl in 1987 to reach four consecutive French Open finals. He's one win from becoming the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1981 to win four consecutive French Open titles.
Federer is seeking the only Grand Slam title he has yet to win.
He lost to Nadal in the semifinals in 2005, and in the final in
2006 and 2007. A victory Sunday would make him the sixth man to win
all four Grand Slam events. Second seed Ana Ivanovic and 13th-seeded.
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