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Nadal through to French Open semis but Carreño crashes out

Rafael Nadal in action against Jannik Sinner.
Rafael Nadal in action against Jannik Sinner. / EFE
  • The Spaniard is out to claim his 13th victory at Roland Garros but Schwartzman stands between him and a place in the final

Rafael Nadal is the favourite to win yet another French Open, after progressing to the semi-finals without any great difficulty throughout the tournament so far.

The Spaniard saw off Italian Jannik Sinner (world number 75 and debutant at Roland Garros) in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 7-6 (3), 6-4 and 6-1, earning him a place in the semi-finals today, Friday, against Diego Schwartzman.

Nadal is the only Spaniard remaining in the tournament after Novak Djokovic saw off Pablo Carreño in four sets on Wednesday evening after three and a quarter hours (4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4). The Serbian will now meet Stefanos Tsitsipas, who returns to the world top five after beating Russia's Andrey Rublev in three sets.

In the women's category, Spain's number one, Garbiñe Muguruza was knocked out in the third round by American Danielle Collins.