Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal won his record 63rd match in French Open when he beat Dusan Lajovic in the fourth round. Getty Images

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer battle it out for a place in the semi-final of the 2014 Roland Garros at Court Suzanne Lenglen, Paris, on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

The match is scheduled to begin at 3pm BST. Live coverage will be on ITV 4, British Eurosport or British Eurosport 2. Radio commentary, regular updates and live scores are available on Roland Garros' official website.


Nadal eased his way into the French Open quarterfinal for the fifth year running after beating Dusan Lajovic, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1, in straight sets on Monday.

The defending champion took just 90 minutes to brush aside the 23-year-old Serbian; securing his 32<sup>nd straight victory in the clay courts of this Grand Slam event.

Meanwhile, Ferrer reached the last eight of this year's tournament in Paris for the fifth time in his career at the expense of Kevin Anderson, beating the South African, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1.

The 32-year-old dropped a set for the first time in four matches but emerged triumphant in 171 minutes; thus registering his third victory in five meetings against the 20<sup>th ranked player.

Both Spaniards had faced each other in the final last year where the world no 5 was ousted by Nadal to earn the title in Paris for the eighth time in his career.

The world no 1 will be looking to exert his dominance in this competition as he intends to become the first player to lift the title five times in a row. However, Ferrer will be keen to avenge last year's defeat and deny the 28-year-old his ninth French Open crown.

Nadal is yet to drop a single set in this year's tournament and has had little trouble with his opponents so far. Both players know each other thoroughly well, given that they have put their skills to test against each other 27 times.

The winner from this quarterfinal clash will face the winner between British no 1, Andy Murray and home hopeful, Gael Monfils in the semi-final on Friday.

Click here to read the preview of the match between Murray and Monfils. The duo will be in action at the same time on Court Philippe Chatrier.


Nadal holds a staggering 21-6 lead over Ferrer in overall meetings. The pair have faced each other five times in Grand Slam events and the 13-time Grand Slam winner has won three encounters amongst them.

Nadal also holds a 3-2 lead against Ferrer in the last five meetings.

Roland Garros History

Rafael Nadal (left) is consoled by David Ferrer after beating him in the 2013 Roland Garros final. Reuters

Nadal and Ferrer have clashed thrice in French Open and the Spaniard has prevailed on all occasions.

What They Say

Rafael Nadal: "I think that I am playing a little bit better than when I was playing against him in Monte-Carlo, but I think he's playing great, too. He played three weeks in a row at a very high level. In Madrid he played great, in Rome he played great, and he's playing great here. He's coming to the match with confidence and with confidence that he beat me the last time. It will be a tough one. I know how to play against him and to have chances to win I need to play very well. That's what I'm going to try. If not, it will be impossible."

David Ferrer: "I will try to do my best. I will try to play aggressively with my forehand and try to finish the points at the net. But of course it's going to be difficult with Rafael on a clay court. Tactically, I will have to be perfect. I hope that I will instil some doubts in Rafa's mind, but if we play at our best level, both of us, he will be the better player. So I will pull out all the stops to play well without making errors, and we'll see what's going to happen."