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World No.2 Roger Federer finds himself one win away from cementing his place as the greatest player of all time. The Swiss superstar advanced to his fourth Roland Garros final after rallying to defeat World No.5 Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Federer, who has come up short to Rafael Nadal in his last three finals, will take on No.23 Robin Soderling, who will appear in his first tour-level clay court final. Federer has 9-0 record against the Swede, including 2-0 on clay.
The former No.1 finds himself one match win away from becoming the sixth player to have won all four Grand Slam titles and tying Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14 majors.
With his victory over the Argentine, Federer makes his 19th trip to a Grand Slam singles final (13-5), including 15 of the last 16 title matches. His 19 finals equal Ivan Lendl’s mark (8-11).
His French Open campaign has been the toughest by far, losing six sets along the way, including a classic five-setter against Tommy Haas and four-set battles in the second and third rounds.