A semi-final battle between world primary Djokovic and 13-time Roland Garros winner Nadal was the anticipated final result as soon as they have been positioned on the identical aspect of the draw after the Spaniard slipped down the rankings to 3rd behind Russian Daniil Medvedev.
It might be a 58th profession assembly between the pair with Nadal wanting to attract stage with Djokovic on 29 wins whereas the victor would additionally e-book a twenty ninth Grand Slam remaining look, behind solely Roger Federer on 31.
The 35-year-old Spaniard, a 12 months older than Djokovic, is, nonetheless, the extra dominant of the 2 on clay and has gone on to win the title at Roland Garros all 13 instances he has reached the last-four stage.
Djokovic, who misplaced to Nadal in a one-sided remaining final 12 months, and the retired Robin Soderling are the one gamers to have defeated the Spaniard on the purple clay in Paris.
“I am assured. I imagine I can win, in any other case I would not be right here. Let’s have an awesome battle,” Djokovic mentioned of the matchup.
A win on Friday can even give the victor an opportunity to shake up the race for essentially the most males’s main titles.
Nadal might take sole possession of the report with a win on Sunday and transfer forward of Federer with 21 titles whereas a second Roland Garros trophy would transfer Djokovic to 19.
German Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece meet within the different semi-final with each chasing a maiden Grand Slam title.
Many pundits imagine that the 4 finest males’s gamers have reached the last-four stage and the chances are now not closely stacked towards the youthful technology to upset Nadal and Djokovic in a serious remaining.
“If you regarded on the draw that is the dream situation,” seven-time main winner and Eurosport tennis knowledgeable Mats Wilander mentioned.
“This is likely one of the first instances I’ve felt this however no matter who wins between Rafa and Novak that is going to be robust towards Tsitsipas or Zverev – they’ve an awesome likelihood to win their first Grand Slam, an awesome likelihood.”
Whereas Zverev reached the 2020 U.S. Open remaining, Tsitsipas, 22, has misplaced all his three earlier Grand Slam semi-finals, however the Greek will head into the match with a 5-2 lead in earlier matchups.
Boris Becker, a six-time main winner and a former world primary, believes the hole between ‘king of clay’ Nadal and the opposite title aspirants at Roland Garros was lowering.
“I am not a clairvoyant, however the high favorite for me stays Nadal, that hasn’t modified,” the Eurosport pundit mentioned. “Sooner or later, the successors have to return. Nadal cannot rule Paris endlessly.
“I additionally see that Djokovic can win such a match, however Tsitsipas and Zverev are additionally virtually on a par. For me, it is only a query of time.”