Nadal, Djokovic reach semi-finals

Paris, June 6:

Rafael Nadal moved closer to a third straight French Open title on Wednesday, beating 1998 champion Carlos Moya 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 in the quarter-finals. The second-seeded Spaniard, who is 19-0 in his career at the French Open, has not dropped a set in the tournament this year. He will next face Novak Djokovic, who reached his first Grand Slam semi-final by beating Igor Andreev of Russia 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Last year at Roland Garros, Djokovic retired while trailing Nadal in the quarterfinals.

Nadal broke Moya in the fifth game of the first set to lead 3-2, but Moya broke back, setting up the chance with a drop shot. At the end, Nadal won the final eight games of the match.

Moya save one match point with a backhand volley. He double-faulted to set up Nadal’s second match point, which Nadal won with a forehand that Moya could barely get his racket on.

Djokovic also had an easy time against Andreev. Nadal is 3-1 against Djokovic, but the Serb beat Nadal in the quarter-finals at Key Biscayne, Florida, in March.

Djokovic leapt in air when he went up 3-0 in the third set. Andreev could not find a way back, and Djokovic won on his first match point when Andreev hit a forehand into the net — one of many similar errors he made in the match. Djokovic becomes the third Serb to reach the semis-finals. Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic reached the women’s semi-finals on Tuesday.

In the men’s other semi-final on Friday, top-ranked Roger Federer will try to improve to 9-0 against fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko.