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Federer, Nadal to meet at French Open for first time since 2011

(CNN)After winning his quarterfinal at the French Open, Roger Federer addressed the crowd, not to mention plenty more watching on TV around the world. "Maybe the reason I came back to play on clay was to play Rafa," Federer said. If that is true, Federer got his wish after he downed fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-4 in a bruising three-and-a-half hour duel on court Suzanne Lenglen.Next up is his old foe, the 11-time champion Rafael Nadal, who dispatched Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1 6-3 in under two hours on the main Philippe Chatrier court. Such was the difference in duration in the matches that they finished at around the same time -- after a rain delay of more than an hour in soggy and windy Paris -- despite Federer opening the ...