A semi-closing battle between world primary Djokovic and 13-time Roland Garros winner Nadal was the anticipated end result as soon as they have been positioned on the identical facet of the draw after the Spaniard slipped down the rankings to 3rd behind Russian Daniil Medvedev.
It could be a 58th profession assembly between the pair with Nadal trying to attract stage with Djokovic on 29 wins whereas the victor would additionally e-book a twenty ninth Grand Slam closing look, behind solely Roger Federer on 31.
The 35-12 months-outdated Spaniard, a 12 months older than Djokovic, is, nevertheless, the extra dominant of the 2 on clay and has gone on to win the title at Roland Garros all 13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 final-4 stage.
Djokovic, who misplaced to Nadal in a one-sided closing final 12 months, and the retired Robin Soderling are the one gamers to have defeated the Spaniard on the pink clay in Paris.
“I’m confident. I believe I can win, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. Let’s have a great battle,” Djokovic mentioned of the matchup.
A win on Friday will 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 document with a win on Sunday and transfer ahead 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-closing with each chasing a maiden Grand Slam title.
Many pundits imagine that the 4 finest males’s gamers have reached the final-4 stage and the percentages are not closely stacked towards the youthful era to upset Nadal and Djokovic in a serious closing.
“When you looked at the draw this is the dream scenario,” seven-time main winner and Eurosport tennis professional Mats Wilander mentioned.
“This is one of the first times I have felt this but regardless of who wins between Rafa and Novak this is going to be tough against Tsitsipas or Zverev – they have a great chance to win their first Grand Slam, a great chance.”
While Zverev reached the 2020 U.S. Open closing, 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 reducing.
“I’m not a clairvoyant, but the top favourite for me remains Nadal, that hasn’t changed,” the Eurosport pundit mentioned. “At some point, the successors have to come. Nadal can’t rule Paris forever.
“I additionally see that Djokovic can win such a event, however Tsitsipas and Zverev are additionally virtually on a par. For me, it is only a query of time.”