The French Open semi-final line-up has been officially set, and its a cracker.
From a British perspective, Johanna Konta will look to become the first woman from our shores to reach a final of a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977. She is the first semi-finalist at Roland Garros since Jo Durie in 1983.
While there are 52 Slam titles shared among the mens draw – Dominic Thiem is the only Slamless man left – none of the women have previously been a final. Both line-ups look rather enticing, though.
Here we take a look at the match-ups and predict who will go on to reach the final.
Johanna Konta vs Marketa Vondrousova
Konta will surely never have a better opportunity to reach the final of a Slam, although Czech teenager Vondrousova is not one to be taken lightly.
Out on third show court Simonne-Mathieu due to the rain causing a scheduling nightmare, Brits making a late dash to Paris can pick up tickets to watch their top-ranked player for a mere €20. Should Konta reach the final, she will pocket more than £1million.
Theres a lot to like about the Vondrousova game style. The 19-year-old leftie has great variety in her shot-making and is a steely competitor.
But Konta proved in a rampant win against Sloane Stephens that she is capable of thumping anyone off the court and she is, rightly, the favourite to reach Saturdays final.
Prediction: Konta in 2
Amanda Anisimova vs Ash Barty
While both are in the semi-finals of a major for the first time, Anisimova is yet to drop a set!
The 17-year-old American has established herself as one of the finest talents on the WTA Tour here in Paris, backing up a run to the fourth round in Australia to storm into the final four.
Her latest win against Simona Halep was mighty impressive. The defending champion was dumped out in straight sets.
But Barty, who many will likely tip to win Wimbledon next month, has become a shrewd operator on tour and will surely get over the line at a Slam in the future.
Theres no time quite like the present and the Australian should be fancied to battle through on Lenglen.
Prediction: Barty in 3
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal
Its hard to look too far beyond Nadal, given hes won all five of their French Open meetings but there is an air of freedom about Federer at Roland Garros this season.
The Swiss has deployed the serve-and-volley tactic in style during his dash to the semi-finals and can take great heart from the comfort in which hes eased through to this stage.
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