Rafael Nadal is through to the semi-finals of the 2022 French Open as he looks to regain his title after Novak Djokovic put an end to his four year stay as champion.
The Spaniard is the undisputed ‘King of Clay’ after claiming 13 French Open titles in the past 17 years, while his Serbian rival only earned his second in 2021.
Despite missing out on his fifth consecutive title last year because of a foot injury, fans will have high expectations of Nadal this time round and all will be expecting another strong performance from a star that has dominated Roland-Garros for the best part of two decades.
The 35-year-old is approaching his third match in the French Open and will be eager to continue an impressive start as he looks to lift the trophy next Saturday (June 4).
When is Rafael Nadal next playing?
Rafael Nadal is due to take on German Alexander Zverev, the current third seed, in the semi-finals of this year’s tournament.
The match is scheduled to begin at 13:45pm on Friday, June 2.
Zeverv reached the final four with wins over Sebastian Ofner, Sebastian Baez, Brandon Nakashima, Bernabe Zapata Miralles and Carlos Alcaraz.
The other semi-final will be decided on Wednesday, June 1 as Andrey Rublev faces Marin Čilić in the third quarter final and Casper Ruud goes head-to-head with Holger Rune for the last place in the final four.
Who has Rafael Nadal played so far?
Nadal beat Australia’s Jordan Thompson in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in his first round match before comfortably seeing off France’s Corentin Moutet in round two.
The third round also saw a straight sets victory for the Spaniard who beat Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands.
Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime was the first to really challenge Nadal as he won two sets but the King of Clay was still able to secure the win and set up a quarter final encounter with Novak Djokovic.
In the biggest match of the tournament so far, Nadal was able to overcome his rival by three sets to one to book his spot in the semi-finals and give himself a clear run to the final.
Nadal is now the heavy favourite to go on and win the trophy for an incredible 14th time.
Results & schedule
The two remaining quarter-final matches between Andrey Rublev and Marin Čilić and Casper Ruud and Holger Rune take place on Wednesday, June 1.
The winners of those matches will face off against each other in the first semi final while Nadal will take on Zverev in the second with both being played on Friday, June 3.
Here is the rest of the tournament’s schedule:
June 2-3 - Semi finals
June 3 - Women’s Single Final, Men’s Doubles Final
How to watch on TV
The French Open is being broadast on Eurosport in the UK and will be available via discovery+.
A combined entertainment and sport pass costs £6.99 per month or £59.99 annually.
Coverage of the tennis is shown on Eurosport all day from 10:30am.