Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will contest the 2020 French Open men’s singles final after the top two seeds came through their semifinals in contrasting fashion.
Spanish second seed Nadal is going for a record-extending 13th title and won 6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-0) against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in his semi-final.
Nadal, 34, has only lost twice on the Roland Garros clay in his career.
Djokovic is one of the men to beat him and set up another chance by overcoming Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 33-year-old Serb dug deep into his physical and mental reserves to win 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1 against 22-year-old Tsitsipas, who was aiming to reach his first Grand Slam final.
Djokovic missed a match point in the third set and another match in what was the final game before cracking a forehand winner to get over the line.
Now Djokovic will meet Nadal for the 56th time in their careers – no two men have played each other more – and will contest their ninth Grand Slam final against each other.
If Nadal lifts the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy yet again, it will see him equal Swiss rival Roger Federer’s all-time leading record of 20 men’s Grand Slam titles.
A victory for Djokovic, meanwhile, will move him to 18 major titles – within one more of Nadal and two adrift of 39-year-old Federer.