The final four.
Novak Djokovic 🇷🇸
Rafael Nadal 🇪🇸
Stefanos Tsitsipas 🇬🇷
Alex Zverev 🇩🇪
We are guaranteed a first time Roland Garros finalist in either Tsitsipas or Zverev, a potential 14th title for Rafael Nadal and a 2nd for Novak Djokovic but before we focus on the final, it’s the semi-finals!
Novak Djokovic 🇷🇸 vs Rafael Nadal 🇪🇸
Novak Djokovic has won 29 and Rafael Nadal has won 28 of their meetings as this rivalry writes a new chapter.
It dates back all the way to 2006 when they played for the first time at Roland Garros in the second round and Nadal won 6-4 6-4 with Djokovic retiring. On clay the Spaniard has won their last five but before then Djokovic won four in a row on the clay against Nadal.
To add more excitement to Chapter 58, on Friday it would be 2200 days since Rafael Nadal last lost a match at Roland Garros, against Djokovic in the semi-finals in 2015.
This will be spectacular, on clay the head to head is led by Nadal at 19-7 and this is their ninth meeting at Roland Garros which is more meetings than they have had at all Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open combined (eight).
Nadal has been electric, one set dropped all week to Schwartzman. His level has been phenomenal and has carried on his form from Rome to Paris. I cannot see a way that he loses this but if he does, it will be Djokovic.
Djokovic has impressed throughout as well, I wouldn’t read too much into his issues vs Musetti, I think the only way he can look at troubling Rafa is if he extends rallies and dictates, I cannot see how he does this.
I will be stunned if Rafael Nadal is not in the final.
Stefanos Tsitsipas 🇬🇷 vs Alex Zverev 🇩🇪
I would love to see Stefanos into a first final, he has been the trend setter this year, he continues to go from strength to strength and I think this would be a massive milestone for him.
Equally it would be for Zverev as well who is 0-9 vs top 10 players at Grand Slams and let’s not forget that the German was two sets down in round one, this could have been very different.
Who will play with more pressure on their shoulders? I think Zverev has more pressure but I think Tsitsipas puts more on himself. His intensity this year has been at such a high level at times I have thought it has actually cost him at times this year.
I love Stefanos, his tennis is wonderful and is what the mens game needs. He always seems to be learning and his performance against Medvedev was that of a man who believes he can win this whole thing.
Tsitsipas leads the head to head at 5-2. Zverev won their first meeting in Washington back in 2018 and their most recent in Acapulco in the final this year winning in straight sets.
Sandwiched between this have been five consecutive wins for Tsitsipas, one of which a three set battle in Madrid in 2019 but have never met at a Grand Slam until now.
In a best of five format, who is the favourite?