BASEL, Switzerland – Rafael Nadal played his best tennis of the week to beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6 (7) in the Swiss Indoors semifinals on Saturday.
The third-seeded Nadal could now face Roger Federer in a final for the first time since May 2013.
“I have played against Roger hundreds of times around the world,” said Nadal, who has a 23-10 career record over his old rival. “In Madrid a couple of times in finals, but I have never played him in his home.”
Federer followed Nadal on his hometown court to face unseeded Jack Sock of the United States in the other semifinal.
After three straight three-set matches at Basel, Nadal finally got a more straightforward win.
Nadal overcame dropping his serve in the opening game of each set and saved two set points for the fifth-seeded Frenchman in the tiebreaker.
He clinched the victory on his second match point when Gasquet sent a backhand wide.
Nadal had seemed in trouble trailing 4-3 in the first set when he called for the trainer at a…