Roger Federer delights fans with hint of Paris return

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Asked if he would be back next year, the 37-year-old, who left the court to a chorus of "Roger, Roger", added: "Just like with any other tournament, I don't know". I thought I wasn't going to play, so I was just sleeping.

He'd been at that stage so many times.

For Nadal, this was the latest impeccable performance in a recent resurgence.

In Paris, Nadal is up to his annual standards.

Despite the disappointment, Federer rated his return to Roland Garros as a success, saying: "I thought it was a great tournament".

The Spaniard handled windy conditions in Paris superbly as he triumphed 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

A double fault handed the break to Vondrousova and moments later Konta was serving to stay in the match. I'll be ready to maybe come back here tomorrow. Vondrousova scored a 7-5, 7-6 win over Johanna Konta in a match that was played simultaneously as the one between Barty and Anisimova.

"Next year, just like with any other tournament, we'll see what happens", said Federer, who returned to Roland Garros this year for the first time since 2015.

Margaret Court was the last Australian to win here, when she picked up the title in 1973 and Barty knows the impact her win would have, both for herself and Australian tennis.

Doing it over the best of five on Chatrier is a different mater, but I'm prepared to risk that Federer has at least one set in him here at these prices.

It will be their first meeting since October 2017 and Federer has won the last five encounters - although Nadal leads their head-to-head 23-15 overall and 13-2 on clay. From there, Anisimova began playing the way she did in her upset Thursday of defending champion Simona Halep - and Barty suddenly lost her way.

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Anisimova finished with 41 unforced errors, a bunch coming during her early troubles. She has ceded a total of four games over the past two rounds.

Ash Barty rallied back after dropping the first set to defeat American Amanda Anisimova 6-7 6-3 6-3 to progress through to the French Open final, setting up a meeting with Markéta Vondroušová.

There was one last big shift to come. Despite her heritage Anisimova has never visited Russian Federation. The chair umpire checked the white lines, though, and determined the match could continue. Even though Barty needed six match points to close things, she did, indeed, finish the job.

Vondrousova saved three set points while trailing 3-5 in the opening set.

It was her first coach, Jim Joyce, who encouraged her to learn every shot, from the kick serve (which she mastered early), to the slice, the drop shot, the lob - you name it. Putting it all together, and using them at the right times, was not easy, but in the past year in particular, it has really clicked.

The 19-year-old Vondrousova battled past Croatian 31st Petra Martic 7-6 (7/1), 7-5. "But I think my personal feeling is I played a great match with those conditions".

Anisimova was up 3-0 in the second set. But we couldn't keep the momentum, sadly. I think it's incredible.

Thursday's victory over Zverev was a 26th consecutive one in Grand Slam action for Djokovic, and it will take a mammoth effort to end that run. Her accomplishments include winning the Nottingham Open, WTA Elite Trophy and Miami Masters.

It is the first Grand Slam final for both women.

Complicating the picture further is the threat of more rain on Friday, raising the prospect of the women's final being moved to Sunday and the men's to Monday.

This is only her fourth Grand Slam appearance - she reached the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.