Nadal Rallies Past Roger Federer to Reach Western & Southern Open Semis

Rafael Nadal has taken down the biggest rival of his career once again…

The 27-year-old Spanish tennis star rallied to beat his longtime rival Roger Federer, reaching the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open on Friday night.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory gives his record to 21-10 against former World No. 1 Federer, including wins in all three of their matches this season.

The close match came down to a few points, and Nadal got most of them.

“Always the emotion’s out there when we play each other,” Nadal said.

Nadal advances to play Tomas Berdych in the semifinals.

It’s been a summer of resurgence for Nadal. He missed the end of last season with a knee injury, but has gotten into one of the best surges of his career this season. He takes a career-best 51-3 mark into the semifinal, including a 14-1 record against Top 10 opponents.

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