PARIS: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are closing in on Roland Garros semi-final clash but standing in their way are Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka.
Nadal, the defending champion who turned 33 on Monday, racked up his 90th career win at Roland Garros when he swept past Juan Ignacio Londero in the last-16.
The 11-time winner has dropped just one set so far in his third round win over tricky Belgian David Goffin.
“When I was 18, thinking that I could still be here at the age of 33, it was probably something incredible and impossible to think about,” said Nadal, who made his Paris debut back in 2005 and is seeking his 12th semi-final spot.
While Nadal is in the quarter-finals in Paris for the 13th time, it will be the third appearance for Nishikori.
The Japanese star has had to come back from being a break down in the final set of his last two matches, both of which went to five sets.
He has lost all four of his career meetings with Nadal on clay.
“It’s going to be a tough match, he’s the greatest ever clay court player,” said Nishikori.
The two close friends have won 2008 Olympic gold and 2014 Davis Cup gold together.
On Tuesday, Federer looks to avenge just one of his three career losses to his compatriot which he suffered in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros in 2005.
“I have a bad memory of it. Stan beat me in three sets with his terrible shorts,” said Federer in reference to Wawrinka’s gaudy, checked shorts.
That defeat prompted Federer to call time on his French Open career until he decided to return this year.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is the oldest Slam quarter-finalist in 28 years and will be playing in his 54th last-eight match at a Slam.
Wawrinka needed over five hours to see off sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round and he has spent almost twice the time on court getting this far than Federer.
“I didn’t beat him many times in my career, but I did once here, so I still do remember that time and was a special day for me,” said 34-year-old Wawrinka.
This time last year, three-time major winner Wawrinka slipped out of the world’s top 250 in the world after a first-round loss in Paris.
Having undergone two knee surgeries in 2017, many in the sport thought he was done and dusted.
CWC 2019: Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs
NOTTINGHAM: Defending champions Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs in their World Cup group match at Trent Bridge on Thursday to go top of the 10-team table.
David Warner s superb 166 helped Australia reach 381 for five in their 50 overs and Bangladesh, despite a gallant century from Mushfiqur Rahim, failed to keep up with the required run-rate.
Bangladesh remain fifth in the table, with the top four sides qualifying for next month s semi-finals.
Warner, missed on 10, made 166 in Australia s imposing total of 381-5 — his second century of the World Cup. The 32-year-old, the highest runscorer of the tournament, with 447 runs, is back to his devastating best for Australia after completing a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
“Today was a great foundation for our batting,” said Warner, who shared stands of 121 with captain Aaron Finch (53) and 192 with Usman Khawaja (89). “I felt a little bit bogged down and frustrated. I kept hitting fielders but I managed to hang in there. “I was feeling a little bit fatigued by the end but I was looking to score as many runs as possible so our bowlers had something to bowl at.”
Soumya Sarkar gave Bangladesh fans something to cheer with 3-58 in eight overs. But the Tigers still need to complete their highest one-day international run chase and the highest at a World Cup if they are to achieve an improbable victory. They will be buoyed by making 322-3 to beat the West Indies by seven wickets in their previous match — the second-highest run chase in World Cup history.
Bangladesh suffered a blow before play when a back spasm ruled out Mohammad Saifuddin, their leading bowler at the tournament. But his absence could not excuse Bangladesh s often wayward bowling, with the recalled Rubel Hossain s nine wicketless overs costing an expensive 83 runs. Even so, Warner could have been out for just 10 when a slashing cut off Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza found its way to Sabbir Rahman at backward point. But the fielder appeared not to have seen the ball properly against the backdrop of the crowd and it burst through his hands.
Australia captain and opener Finch, fresh from his 153 in an 87-run win over Sri Lanka, was out soon after completing his eighth fifty in 11 ODI innings when he guided a rising Sarkar delivery straight to Rubel at short third man. But that did not stop Warner pressing on to a hundred.
He eventually fell when, trying to uppercut Sarkar, he lobbed a catch to Rubel at short third man. Warner faced 147 balls, hitting 14 fours and five sixes. But his exit simply brought in the big-hitting Glenn Maxwell, who smashed 32 off 10 balls before he was run out.
Khawaja fell in sight of a hundred when he bottom-edged a pull off Sarkar and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim dived forward to hold a good catch while Steve Smith was plumb lbw to Mustafizur Rahman for one. A brief rain break halted play after 49 overs before Australia scored 13 off the last over.
Australia are currently third in the World Cup table, with four wins from five games, while Bangladesh are fifth. The top four sides from the 10-team round-robin stage qualify for the semi-finals.
PCB announces to review players’ three-year performance
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Board of Governors agreed to carry-out a robust review and analysis of the national cricket team and the team support personnel’s performances in the past three years and submit their recommendations to the chairman and the BoG for their consideration.
PCB will hold the reviewing until the conclusion of World Cup campaign that ends mid-July.
Skipper Sarfaraz’s side were no match for India, who cruised to an 89-run win via the DLS method in Sunday’s World Cup clash in Manchester.
Pakistan cricket team have to win all of their next four matches with a good run rate to keep their qualifying dream alive.
Pakistan will face South Africa in a must-win situation at London on June 23.
CWC 2019: South Africa bats against New Zealand
BIRMINGHAM: New Zealand won the toss and put South Africa into bat in the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The toss was delayed due to wet outfield after rain, and the game has been reduced to 49 overs per side.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said, “A little bit of weather around, but looks like a fair surface, which is usually the case here.”
New Zealand are unchanged.
South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis said, “A bit of blue sky about, so hopefully the ball will come on to the bat.”
South Africa made one change as Lungi Ngidi has been selected and Beuran Hendricks is out.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (capt), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
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