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Nadal beats Federer to make 12th French Open final

Published 1649 GMT (0049 HKT) June 7, 2019
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Rafael Nadal (right) exchanges a hug with Roger Federer after they played in the French Open semifinals. Who won? Nadal, to improve to 6-0 against the Swiss at Roland Garros. Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The semifinal took place in extremely windy conditions, causing havoc when the ball was in the air. Nadal in particular handled the conditions better. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Despite the heavy breeze and cool temperatures, a packed house turned up on Philippe Chatrier to watch the champions who have combined for 37 majors. Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Federer had his chance in the second set. He led 2-0 and then was broken at 4-4 from serving at 40-0. Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Although Federer had won his last five matches against Nadal overall, he slipped to 2-14 against the Spaniard on clay. Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Nadal advanced to a 12th French Open final and will face either Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem. Their match was suspended in the third set. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Federer, 37, bid adieu to the fans and said he didn't know if he would be back at Roland Garros next year. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images