Gauff, Nadal advance in French Open

Nadal will play Zverev in a semifinal game Friday

Associated Press

PARIS — American tennis standout Coco Gauff, 18, has reached her first Grand Slam final after beating Martina Trevisan of Italy 6-3, 6-1 at the French Open. 

The 18th-seeded Gauff will face No. 1 Iga Swiatek for the championship Saturday.

Polish player Swiatek, meanwhile, advanced to the final after beating Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-2, 6-1 in a dominant victory that ties her with Serena Williams for the second-longest winning streak of this century at 34 victories in a row.

On the men’s side, No. 5-seeded Rafael Nadal will play No. 3 Alexander Zverev in a  semifinal game Friday. The winner will advance to Sunday’s final against either 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia or No. 8 Casper Ruud of Norway, who meet in Friday’s other semifinal.

Facing chronic pain in his left foot with “no idea” how long is left in his Paris career, Nadal, 36, beat No. 1 seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic on Tuesday to make the semifinal.

The Spaniard has downplayed his chances at a 14th French Open trophy and 22nd Grand Slam title overall, both of which would add to records he already holds.

 

 

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