Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, will play Nick Kyrgios for a place in Sunday's final.
Simona Halep beats Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 and Paula Badosa defeats Veronika Kudermetova 6-3, 6-0 in the first round.
Rafael Nadal beats the world number one Novak Djokovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2 hours and 49 minutes to clinch the title while fellow French Open champion Iga Swiatek claims women's tournament in just 45 minutes.
Nadia Podoroska, ranked 131 in the world, defeats Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach next stage of Roland Garros.
Claycourt master Rafael Nadal was in action for just 95 minutes, winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.
Simona Halep won the Wimbledon final after two sets (6:2, 6:2) against Serena Williams. It is her second Grand Slam victory and the first in Wimbledon.
America's Serena Williams to face Romanian tennis player Simona Halep in Wimbledon final on Saturday.
Seven-time champion Serena Williams wobbled several times before overcoming Alison Riske on her way to the semi-final.
Simona Halep, world number two, says she will withdraw from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart due to an ongoing hip injury in the Fed Cup over the weekend.
Naomi Osaka is the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Williams picked up four straight in 2014-15 and has clearly marked herself as tennis' new star.
Serena Williams, who counts six US Open titles among her 23 Grand Slams, can match Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors with another title at Flushing Meadows.
In a gruelling 2hour 41min battle, French Open champion Simona Halep prevailed 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4 over Sloane Stephens in a repeat of the duo's meeting in the final of Roland Garros earlier this year.
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