The women's French Open final will be contested by Marketa Vondrousova and Ashleigh Barty after they won their last-four clashes, but only one of the men's finalists is known.

Rafael Nadal maintained his perfect record in Roland Garros semi-finals to reach the showpiece with a commanding 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over Roger Federer, but Novak Djokovic's meeting with Dominic Thiem was suspended until Saturday due to rain with the Austrian leading 3-1 in the third set.

Omnisport's man on the ground Tom Webber provides an update from his daily diary in Paris.

 

GUGA SITS DOWN WITH OMNISPORT

It's always good to hear from the experts, and three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten provided his thoughts on the men's semi-finalists in Paris.

The Brazilian was thoroughly entertaining to listen to and effusive in his praise of 12-time finalist Nadal.

Kuerten was at the interesting location of Ground Control - a large warehouse with a touchtennis court in the middle of it - for a sponsorship event.

 

LAVER HONOURED BEFORE FEDERER-NADAL

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his second calendar Grand Slam, Rod Laver was invited onto Court Philippe-Chatrier prior to the semi-final between Nadal and Federer.

A video about his accomplishment was played on the big screen before French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli and French Open tournament director Guy Forget presented him with a replica of La Coupe des Mousquetaires.

Who will get their hands on the real on one Sunday, though?

 

 

VIVE LA FRANCE!

Roland Garros is no longer the only major sporting event in town.

The Women's World Cup is being hosted by France this year and ahead of the opening match between France and South Korea at the nearby Parc des Princes, workers on the metro showed their patriotism with face paint.

With the tricolore adorning their cheeks, they ensured people got on and off carriages safely at busy stations.

 

COURT SIMONNE-MATHIEU A DELIGHT

Inaugurated in March this year, the 5,000-seater Court Simonne-Mathieu is a magnificent addition to Roland Garros.

The semi-sunken stadium is surrounded by four greenhouses, each showcasing rare plants from South America, south east Asia and Australia.

A roof of specially treated glass curves over the seating from those structures to provide shelter without throwing shade on the court.

The walk down is just as good; you can either feel like you're strolling through a park or go via the elegant Orangerie.

But while it is beautiful, as Johanna Konta said following her straight-sets defeat to Vondrousova, it's hardly a stage befitting of a grand slam semi-final.

Roger Federer was powerless to resist a relentless Rafael Nadal as the reigning French Open champion triumphed 6-3 6-4 6-2 in their semi-final at Roland Garros on Friday.

But it was why Federer came back to clay.

After overcoming close friend Stan Wawrinka in a thoroughly entertaining four-set match on Court Suzanne-Lenglen on Tuesday, he stated his motivation to get back on the red dirt for the first time since 2015 was the chance to take on Nadal – a point he reiterated after the surprised Spaniard refused to believe the remarks when they were put to him in a news conference.

"For me to get to Rafa is not simple. It took five matches here for me to win to get there. That's why I'm very happy to play Rafa, because if you want to do or achieve something on the clay, inevitably, at some stage, you will go through Rafa, because he's that strong and he will be there," said Federer.

"I knew when I signed up for the clay that hopefully that's going to happen. If I would have had a different mindset to avoid him, then I should not have played the clay. I think that mindset helped me to play so well so far this tournament."

It was an insight into a truly astounding thought process, the kind that only someone with 20 major titles to their name could possess. Most professionals would be elated to taste glory at the French Open and let someone else do the difficult job of ousting the 'King of Clay', something that has happened just twice in his 94 matches at Roland Garros. But not Federer. He wanted it the hard way.

Beating Nadal on clay is the ultimate challenge, something made even more difficult by the fact he is left handed. No man in the Open Era has dominated on the surface to the extent of the world number three, whose 11 crowns in Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Paris are unparalleled.

It is something Federer knows all too well. He has lost all six of his meetings with Nadal at the French Open, four of them coming in successive years and three of them in the final.

Having sat out Roland Garros in 2016 following knee and back issues, Federer opted to skip the following two editions to focus on grass and hard courts. The Swiss realised after a five-set semi-final loss to Milos Raonic at that year's Wimbledon that his age meant he needed to change his approach to ensure he remained healthy enough to continue competing at the highest level.

But when your body is breaking down and your status as an all-time great is already secure, why continue? How do you remain motivated when you have spent 13 years at the top of the sport?

For Federer, it was his love of tennis and passion for the finer details that got him through. Titles were no longer what he sought. Instead, he focused on the minutiae. He delved into the intricacies of the game and found new challenges. 

"You improve a lot as a kid, as a junior, as a teenager, and then all of a sudden progress is slow. At one point you come to a place where you're trying to just get back to that good place time and time again," he said after easing past Leonardo Mayer in the fourth round.

"I guess that's what I have been seeking, chasing, for the last however many years. And as different players come, you realise you have to adjust a little bit, either with your serve, either you tinker with technology, with the racquet size or whatever string technology, and maybe take the ball earlier or later.

"Whatever you're trying to do, there's always going to be a plan behind it. But I think tennis is a great sport, it never gets boring, because every day plays different, every opponent plays different, every guy gives you different struggles. For that reason, I never got bored of the game.

"That I see as a motivation, and then of course it's easy to be motivated playing at this kind of a stadium with full crowds, giving a standing ovation at the end. I would admit I would be struggling on court whatever, 23, with impossible shades and no people watching, especially after living the big courts."

Speaking after his straight-sets defeat on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Federer admitted he does not think there is anyone who could help him prepare to face Nadal on clay.

But he should be applauded for his desire to take on the ultimate challenge.

Dominic Thiem will resume on Saturday with a slender lead over Novak Djokovic after bad weather prevented their French Open semi-final from being completed on Friday.

Djokovic struggled in high winds in a first set that Thiem won 6-2 at Roland Garros, but the top seed weathered the storm to take the second 6-3.

Last year's runner-up Thiem had just gone a break up at 3-1 in the third set when the players went off with rain lashing down and they were unable to return.

With Storm Miguel approaching Paris, Rafael Nadal overcame tough conditions - with wind whipping clay off the surface - to beat old foe Roger Federer in straight sets in the other last-four showdown.

Djokovic - bidding to hold all four major titles for the second time in his career - was visibly troubled by strong gusts from the start as he struggled with the ball toss and went a break down at 2-1 after netting a backhand off balance before a brief rain delay.

The composed Thiem was whipping up a storm of his own and the unsettled Serbian prodded a volley into the net to go a double break down at 5-2 in one of several unsuccessful forays forward.

Thiem served out the set to love in emphatic fashion and Djokovic fended off a couple of break points early in the second prior to a heavy shower, which took the players off.

Djokovic looked much more at home when play resumed, executing an exquisite drop shot to perfection and breaking for a 5-3 advantage after working the Austrian from side to side.

The 2016 champion charged forward to steer away a backhand winner and level the match, but Thiem mixed up his game in cute fashion and took the initiative in the third set before the weather halted his momentum.

Rafael Nadal is hopeful he has not faced Roger Federer for the last time at the French Open as the legendary duo are having too much success to consider retiring.

Nadal continued his astonishing dominance at Roland Garros with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 semi-final victory in high winds on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The second seed stands on the brink of winning the Paris grand slam 12 times after mastering his old rival on Friday.

Federer had been hugely impressive in his first appearance at the tournament since 2015 and Nadal believes they could meet again in the second major of the year.

Asked whether it he thought it might be the last time they do battle in the French Open, Nadal replied: "No, no, it didn't even come to mind.

"It can always be the last time, indeed. But the logic of life incites us to think it's the last time and that we are coming ever closer to the last time. That's a logical reality, because years are going by.

"We all have our small problems. We all have our age, which is increasing. I hope that it was not the last time yet. And I believe that him and I appreciate such matches.

"We live them with particular emotion after all that we have shared on the court. And it's true that we are getting older, but at the same time, we are still in the semi-finals of the French Open.

"So if we are here, we don't think about retiring."

Nadal, who will face either Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem in the final, also believes his incredible tally of French Open triumphs can be bettered.

The Spaniard added: "I'm certain that another player can do it in the future. But it's true that you need to have qualities, physical qualities, and a long enough career to do so.

"You need to have the possibility to play at least 11 French Opens to win 11 times. It's complicated. Will we see that again in the future? Yes, I hope so, because records are meant to be broken.

"And when you break a record, you promote our sport. That's always something positive."

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer met in a grand slam semi-final for just the fourth time at the French Open on Friday.

The 'King of Clay' lived up to his billing on Court Philippe-Chatrier as he comprehensively defeated Federer 6-3 6-4 6-2 to end the impressive run of the Swiss, making his first appearance at Roland Garros since 2015.

Victory for Nadal extended his 100 per cent record against the 20-time major champion at the French Open - he was won all six of their meetings in Paris.

Nadal has also triumphed in every one of the pair's slam semi-finals. We take a look at how each of those matches unfolded.

 

 

 

2019 French Open: Nadal [2] bt Federer [3] 6-4 6-3 6-2

Nadal claimed his first win over Federer since 2014, ending a five-match losing streak to reach a 12th Roland Garros final.

The duo exchanged early breaks before the 17-time major champion converted his sixth chance in game six of the first set and went on to seal the opener with a stunning cross-court backhand.

Nadal immediately got the contest back on serve after faltering in game two of the second and the match was effectively decided when Federer failed to close out behind his own serve from 40-0 up in the ninth game.

The 37-year-old cut a frustrated figure thereafter as Nadal charged to victory, breaking twice in a one-sided decider.

 

2014 Australian Open: Nadal [1] bt Federer [6] 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3

Nadal forced Federer onto the back foot in their third major semi-final, despite a blister on his playing hand.

The Spaniard missed three chances to break in the opening set but Federer, who sent a tame volley into the net before closing the deficit from 5-1 to 5-4, was unable to stop him edging in front.

Nadal took a medical time-out after racing through the first game of the second, though it did not stop him playing a stunning forehand into the corner to claim a crucial break for a 4-2 lead.

Federer, with Stefan Edberg in his box, cancelled out an early drop of serve in the fourth, before Nadal's irrepressible forehand took centre stage and led him to the final.

However, Stan Wawrinka stopped him becoming just the third man to win all four majors at least twice.

 

2012 Australian Open: Nadal [2] bt Federer [3] 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-4

Nadal confessed to having spent time before his opening match at Melbourne Park crying due to a knee injury, but he came from a set down to defeat Federer less than two weeks later.

Federer took the opening three games and although Nadal got the contest back on serve in the seventh with a sweet passing shot, it was the Swiss who came out on top in a tie-break.

However, after falling a break down in set two, Federer dropped his serve following a 10-minute pause in the action for Australia Day fireworks and the relentless Nadal restored parity.

Federer saved five set points before succumbing in a third-set tie-break and the Spaniard continued to apply the pressure, converting break point at the fifth attempt in game nine of the fourth.

Nadal served out the match to reach the final, which he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets.

 

2005 French Open: Nadal [4] bt Federer [1] 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3

An elbow injury kept Nadal out of Roland Garros in 2003 and an ankle fracture sidelined him the following year, but the Spaniard, then just 19, certainly made his mark when he debuted in Paris.

By the time he went up against Federer he had already claimed five titles and 22 match wins on clay in the year. The Swiss struggled from the off on Court Philippe-Chatrier and dropped his serve four times in the opening set.

Nadal sent a backhand into the net as the world number one got back on level terms, but some crushing groundstrokes put the youngster back in command.

He eventually prevailed in four sets and went on to defeat Mariano Puerta in the final to become the youngest French Open winner since Michael Chang in 1989.

It was the start of his incredible love affair with La Coupe des Mousquetaires.

Roger Federer does not believe there is anyone who can help him prepare for Rafael Nadal on clay after the reigning French Open champion was the dominant winner in their semi-final on Friday.

Nadal reached his 12th final at Roland Garros by recording his sixth victory in as many matches against Federer in Paris, surging to a commanding 6-3 6-4 6-2 triumph on Court Philippe-Chatrier in two hours and 25 minutes.

The 20-time major champion boasts just two wins in 16 meetings with the 'King of Clay' on the red dirt, his only successes coming in Hamburg in 2007 and in Madrid two years later.

Federer was making his first appearance at Roland Garros since 2015, missing 2016 with injury and the 2017 and 2018 tournaments to focus on grass and hard courts, and is unsure any training partner could improve his chances against the Spaniard.

"He makes you feel uncomfortable the way he defends the court and plays on clay. There is nobody who even plays remotely close to him," said the Swiss.

"I don't even know who I need to go search for to go practice with somebody who plays like him. I was thinking that during the match.

"It's just amazing how he plays from deep and then is able to bounce back and forth from the baseline. It's just quite interesting.

"But my mindset still was, it's windy, anything can happen. I didn't play poor [in the] two first sets in my opinion.

"I thought Rafa really had to come up with the goods to make the difference, and the difference was a passing shot here, a pick up there, and then he was doing great."

Federer was pleased by his performances at Roland Garros after three years off clay and suggested it makes it more likely he will return next year.

"I think I played really well. I think I surprised myself maybe how deep I got in this tournament and how well I actually was able to play throughout," he said.

"And next year, just like with any other tournament, I don't know. We'll see what happens. But I definitely enjoyed the clay-court season and the French Open, so that would help the chances to return to the clay.

"It's not like it's been a shocker. So from that standpoint, it's okay."

On the exceptionally windy conditions on Chatrier, he added: "You get to a point where you're just happy to make shots and not look ridiculous. It's that bad. It's just really difficult for both of us.

"I don't think I played poorly in the wind today. It's just it's tough on clay. You've got to try to take on the half-volleys, too, all that stuff. It just adds to the equation. He's the best clay-court player, so I can accept that. It's not a problem."

Rafael Nadal hailed Roger Federer as "the best player in history" after blowing his old rival away in the Paris wind to reach a 12th French Open final.

Federer felt the full force of the 11-time Roland Garros champion with Storm Miguel fast approaching on Friday.

Defending champion Nadal won 6-3 6-4 6-2 with winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour gusting on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Nadal had not beaten the 20-time grand slam winner for five years and, despite taking just two hours and 25 minutes to down the Swiss great, the second seed said it was by no means straightforward.

"It was a pleasure to play Roger. It was a high level all three sets, which was remarkable in this wind," Nadal said in his on-court interview after ending Federer's first French Open appearance for four years.

"He is the best player in history and it's been a great pleasure to play against Roger.

"It was difficult to play against Roger in those conditions. I'm really happy, I'm into the final of the most important final of my career."

Nadal will come up against either world number one Novak Djokovic or last year's runner-up Dominic Thiem in the decider.

The Spaniard is three slam titles behind Federer's tally.

Rafael Nadal reached his 12th French Open final as he extended his perfect record against Roger Federer at Roland Garros with a resounding 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory on a windy Friday in Paris.

The irrepressible 'King of Clay' ended a five-match losing run against Federer with his sixth win in clashes between them at this event, denying the Swiss a triumphant return on the red dirt after sitting out the past three editions of the competition.

Federer was unable to handle Nadal in rallies and the Spaniard's exemplary groundstrokes helped him move one match away from becoming the first player to win 12 titles at the same major. He has never lost a semi-final or final in Paris.

The 37-year-old Federer was looking to become the third-oldest man to reach a grand slam final in the Open Era and the oldest at Roland Garros, but his hopes of a shock victory were essentially wiped out when he dropped serve from 40-0 up in game nine of the second set.

An increasingly frustrated Federer lashed a ball into the stands after failing to adjust when a Nadal backhand clipped the net cord and gave the 17-time major champion an early break in the third.

Chants of "Roger" rang out on Court Philippe-Chatrier but he was unable to stop a rampant Nadal advancing to a final against world number one Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem, who he beat in last year's showpiece.

Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in the French Open semi-finals on Thursday, while in the women's draw Amanda Anisimova caused an upset by eliminating defending champion Simona Halep.

With the matches that were held over from Wednesday due to bad weather finally completed, Omnisport's man on the ground Tom Webber provides an update from his daily diary.

 

TOP SEED WOULDN'T PICK TOP GUN

Not at a single point has Djokovic's hopes of holding all four majors for the second time in his career looked like Mission Impossible.

The Serbian has cruised through his opening five matches in Paris, defeating Hubert Hurkacz, Henri Laaksonen, Salvatore Caruso, Jan-Lennard Struff and Alexander Zverev without dropping a set.

However, if a film were to be made about him, Tom Cruise would not be his pick for the leading role.

"I probably wouldn't choose Tom if I had a choice, even though of course I respect him," said Djokovic, who denied any aspirations to feature on the silver screen himself.

When the next reporter suggested the questions get back to tennis, the Serbian let out a sigh before assenting.

 

DOG DAYS

A metro ride to Roland Garros can be a pretty dull affair.

However, if a dog climbs aboard your carriage, as occurred for Omnisport's reporter, the journey immediately becomes a lot better.

Rain the previous day led to a 24-hour paws in the schedule and tournament director Guy Forget being hounded by the media about contingency plans for the semi-finals.

However, seeing a pooch on the underground meant Thursday got off to a bright start, despite opting against leaning in for a groundstroke.

 

MCENROE SHOUTS AT A BABY

It's definitely not as bad as it sounds, though.

The legends matches have provided good entertainment for the public while they wait for the show courts to open.

John McEnroe was – as usual – playing up to the crowd during an enjoyable doubles match against Younes El Aynaoui and Cedric Pioline.

The American, who reached the final at Roland Garros in 1984, threw his racket in the air after lost points and playfully teased the crowd.

Reprimanding a screaming baby with a shout of "Silence, s'il vous plait!" drew laughs, as did belting out his famous phrase: "You cannot be serious!"

 

E-ASY MONEY

The first eTennis tournament will take place at Roland Garros this year and the schedule was announced on Thursday.

Unsurprisingly, the game played will be the Roland Garros edition of Tennis World Tour.

Among the 12 competitors aiming to reach Sunday's final on the Bullring are Rogederer - see what he's done there?

The winner of the tournament, which will be commentated on by Philippe Chatrier's grandson Norman, will take home a cool €5,000.

Novak Djokovic expects Dominic Thiem to challenge at an increasing number of majors but is unsure if the Austrian can replace Andy Murray as the "Ringo Starr" of tennis' "Fab Four".

Djokovic, Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have dominated the modern era of the sport, with all but one of the grand slam finals since the 2005 French Open seeing at least one of them feature.

Murray has only played three grand slam matches since reaching the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2017 due to the struggles with injury that forced him to take an extended break from the sport, though he has confirmed he will return to play doubles at Queen's in June.

Clay-court specialist Thiem finished as the runner-up at Roland Garros in 2018 and will meet Djokovic in the semi-finals this year, the top four players reaching the penultimate round of an ATP Tour event for the first time since the 2012 Australian Open.

When asked if the Austrian can replace Murray as the "Ringo Starr" of a group with Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, the world number one laughed and said: "I'm sure some people would debate if Ringo Starr was the least famous. Some people liked him the most!"

He continued: "I think it's great to have the top four players competing in the semi-finals on the biggest event because it brings even more rivalry, more importance to those matches and to the tournament in general.

"I want to say that I'm really pleased to see that [Murray's] coming back to the court. He's going to play doubles, and hopefully singles very soon after.

"And Dominic is deservedly where he is, one of the top four guys, especially on clay. That's where he's playing his best tennis.

"If he continues playing this way, not just on clay but in general, I think we will probably be seeing him more often on different surfaces in the final stages of the tournament.

"How far us four, other than at this tournament can create something that we have created with Andy? I don't know. It's a different time for us now than it was five years ago now. We're a bit older.

"But, you know, we have still been enjoying some of our best tennis in the biggest events, talking about Federer, Nadal, and myself. That's great to see.

"Obviously, Nadal and Federer are arguably the biggest legends of this sport and best players, [most] successful players ever, so to be in the mix with them and to have myself a successful career is quite a great feeling."

This year's French Open will also see Djokovic, Federer and Nadal compete in the semi-finals at the same grand slam for the first time in seven years.

"I mean, Roger didn't play the last couple of years [at Roland Garros], if I'm not mistaken. You know, it happens. In big tournaments like slams … it seems like everyone has an extra gear, extra motivation to really perform their best and to shine in these tournaments," said the top seed in Paris.

"Because obviously these tournaments count the most in the history of our sport, so of course they inspire players to play their best. And you can actually see more surprising wins against top players here and maybe other tournaments.

"I think we all have been quite consistent. I didn't know about that, so it's great."

Dominic Thiem is under no illusions as to the colossal task ahead as he prepares for the French Open semi-finals alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

For the first time since the 2012 Australian Open, the top four players in the ATP rankings have reached the semis of a Tour-level event, while Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have not all made the last four of a slam since that same year's tournament at Roland Garros.

Thiem, the 2018 runner-up to Nadal, has now reached this stage in four consecutive editions but never before has he faced such a daunting line-up of semi-final foes, the much-vaunted trio boasting 52 major crowns between them.

The Austrian completed a routine 6-2 6-4 6-2 quarter-final success over Karen Khachanov and faces Djokovic on Friday – a man he has beaten twice in eight attempts – before a potential showdown against Federer or 11-time champion Nadal.

"I mean, it's incredibly difficult to win a grand slam," Thiem told a news conference.

"Especially for us players who didn't have one yet, because if everything goes quite normal, we have to beat two players with 15 or more grand slams. So, I think everybody can imagine how difficult this is.

"But I will step on the court tomorrow, try everything, of course, give everything. I hope it's going to be positive in the end, but the challenge is huge.

"Novak is in very good shape again, probably playing his best tennis of his life. I'm in the semi-finals with maybe the three best players of all time, so everybody can see how tough the way it is for me.

"But for me it's amazing. The surface doesn't matter against them. All of them have won all four slams, so surface doesn't really matter.

"They are so tough on any of the surfaces. I think it never happens in any era of men's tennis that you have three players with 15-plus grand slams. I mean, they are the only three with 15-plus grand slams. That shows it all.

"I'm now in the fourth time here in the semis, and I know now how tough it is to get here, to get that deep in a tournament. And these three, they are doing it since, I don't know, 10, 15 years almost at any grand slam. So that shows what their level is. So they are absolutely amazing."

Remarkably, it has been seven years since Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all reached the semi-finals of the same grand slam.

But the trio have made it to the final four of this year's French Open, ending a run of 27 majors that has seen at least one of the sport's greatest stars absent from the penultimate round.

It is only the 12th time that Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have simultaneously made runs to the semi-finals at a grand slam.

We look back at the previous occasions and see who has the best record.

 

2012 French Open
Semi-final: Novak Djokovic [1] bt Roger Federer [3] 6-4 7-5 6-3
Semi-final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt David Ferrer [6] 6-2 6-2 6-1
Final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt Novak Djokovic [1] 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5

2012 Australian Open
Semi-final: Novak Djokovic [1] bt Andy Murray [4] 6-3 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 7-5
Semi-final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt Roger Federer [3] 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-4
Final: Novak Djokovic [1] bt Rafael Nadal [2] 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5

2011 US Open
Semi-final: Novak Djokovic [1] bt Roger Federer [3] 6-7 (7-9) 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5
Semi-final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt Andy Murray [4] 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-2
Final: Novak Djokovic [1] bt Rafael Nadal [2] 6-2 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-1

2011 French Open
Semi-final: Rafael Nadal [1] bt Andy Murray [4] 6-4 7-5 6-4
Semi-final: Roger Federer [3] bt Novak Djokovic [2] 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5)
Final: Rafael Nadal [1] bt Roger Federer [3] 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-1

2010 US Open
Semi-final: Rafael Nadal [1] bt Mikhail Youzhny [12] 6-2 6-3 6-4
Semi-final: Novak Djokovic [3] bt Roger Federer [2] 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5
Final: Rafael Nadal [1] bt Novak Djokovic [3] 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2

2009 US Open
Semi-final: Roger Federer [1] bt Novak Djokovic [4] 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5
Semi-final: Juan Martin del Potro [6] bt Rafael Nadal [3] 6-2 6-2 6-2
Final: Juan Martin del Potro [6] bt Roger Federer [1] 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2

2008 US Open
Semi-final: Andy Murray [6] bt Rafael Nadal [1] 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4
Semi-final: Roger Federer [2] bt Novak Djokovic [3] 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-2
Final: Roger Federer [2] bt Andy Murray [6] 6-2 7-5 6-2

2008 French Open
Semi-final: Roger Federer [1] bt Gael Monfils 6-2 5-7 6-3 7-5
Semi-final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt Novak Djokovic [3] 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-3)
Final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt Roger Federer [1] 6-1 6-3 6-0

2008 Australian Open
Semi-final: Roger Federer [1] bt Novak Djokovic [3] 7-5 6-3 7-6 (7-5)
Semi-final: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt Rafael Nadal [2] 6-2 6-3 6-2
Final: Novak Djokovic [3] bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-2)

2007 Wimbledon
Semi-final: Roger Federer [1] bt Richard Gasquet [12] 7-5 6-3 6-4
Semi-final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt Novak Djokovic [4] 3-6 6-1 4-1r
Final: Roger Federer [1] bt Rafael Nadal [2] 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-2

2007 French Open
Semi-final: Roger Federer [1] bt Nikolay Davydenko [4] 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (9-7)
Semi-final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt Novak Djokovic [6] 7-5 6-4 6-2
Final: Rafael Nadal [2] bt Roger Federer [1] 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4

TOTALS

Semi-final exits
Novak Djokovic: 6
Roger Federer: 5
Rafael Nadal: 3

Wins
Rafael Nadal: 5
Novak Djokovic: 3
Roger Federer: 2
Juan Martin del Potro: 1

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have reached the semi-finals of the same grand slam for the first time in seven years at the 2019 French Open.

World number one Djokovic overcame Alexander Zverev 7-5 6-2 6-2 on Thursday to book a last-four clash with Dominic Thiem, while Federer and Nadal will meet on the other side of the draw on Friday.

Not since playing at Roland Garros in 2012 have Djokovic, Nadal and Federer simultaneously made runs to the semi-finals.

This year's French Open also represents the first time that the top four in the rankings have reached the penultimate round since the 2012 Australian Open, when Djokovic (1), Nadal (2), Federer (3) and Andy Murray (4) starred at Melbourne Park.

The packed men's draw at Roland Garros this week is at complete odds with the women's side, where none of the remaining players have ever won a major. Ashleigh Barty (8) is the highest seed left in the women's singles.

Novak Djokovic came through a potentially dangerous French Open quarter-final against Alexander Zverev completely unscathed with a commanding 7-5 6-2 6-2 victory on Thursday.

Top seed Djokovic made it through to the semi-finals for the first time since lifting La Coupe des Mousquetaires in 2016, keeping alive his hopes of joining Rod Laver as the only men to hold all four majors simultaneously at two separate points in their careers.

Zverev, seeded fifth, started positively but despite firing down four aces and 18 winners – Djokovic had zero and 10 respectively – he surrendered the first set with a whimper.

The relentless world number one looked practically impossible to pass as he made just three unforced errors in the second set, while Zverev crumbled at key moments and delivered three straight double faults to fall further adrift.

Djokovic took advantage and eased past the German to set up a meeting with last year's runner-up Dominic Thiem – who won their last meeting in Paris in the 2017 quarter-finals – on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Friday.

Djokovic passed up three break points during the thrilling early exchanges and slipped behind when his backhand landed wide to end a 24-shot rally, offering Zverev a chance to serve out the set from 5-4.

But the 15-time major champion hit straight back and reeled off the next two games with the assistance of Zverev's inconsistent serve.

Djokovic raised the stakes in game two of the next set, sending a sublime passing shot down the line before his opponent again failed to get a serve in at a crunch moment.

The Serbian's defence continued to frustrate Zverev, who surrendered the set after astonishingly producing three double faults in succession.

Zverev managed to remain on serve early in the third but he sent a routine forehand volley into the net to give Djokovic a 4-2 lead, before passing up two openings for an immediate reply.

After saving match point with an ace, Zverev soon saw a slice go long to extend his wait for a first major semi-final.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Alexander Zverev [5] 7-5 6-2 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic - 24/18
Zverev - 35/40

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic - 1/4
Zverev - 10/8

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic - 6/11
Zverev - 1/8

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic - 63
Zverev - 69

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic - 80/51
Zverev - 65/34

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic - 97
Zverev - 73

Dominic Thiem outclassed Karen Khachanov 6-2 6-4 6-2 on Thursday to reach the French Open semi-finals for a fourth consecutive year.

Thiem, last year's beaten finalist, dominated from start to finish on Court Suzanne-Lenglen and the result never appeared to be in doubt.

A meeting with Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev is next, with the potential of a rematch with Rafael Nadal, last year's champion, in Sunday's final edging nearer by the day.

Having beaten Nadal on the red dirt in four straight seasons, too, Thiem looks as ready as he is ever likely to be to take on the clay king at Roland Garros.

Thiem attacked his opponent from the off and dragged seven minutes out of Khachanov's battling first hold, before breaking as the Russian thrashed wide in his next service game.

And Khachanov then collapsed from 40-0 up to gift Thiem a second break, allowing the Austrian to see out the set in style on serve.

Khachanov stuck with his in-form rival at the start of the second, but Thiem continued to thrill the crowd with his effortless brilliance and eventually led at 5-4 after seizing control of a 20-shot rally.

Again comfortably serving out the set, Thiem found life easy once more in the third as he was handed the decisive advantage by Khachanov's sloppy double fault.

The fourth seed cruised to the finish without facing a single break point as he proved a sizeable step too far for Khachanov, who had been enjoying his best run at a grand slam.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Dominic Thiem [4] bt Karen Khachanov [10] 6-2 6-4 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Thiem - 29/12
Khachanov - 17/37

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Thiem - 3/3
Khachanov - 5/4

BREAK POINTS WON
Thiem - 5/8
Khachanov - 0/0

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Thiem - 63
Khachanov - 67

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Thiem - 80/62
Khachanov - 61/44

TOTAL POINTS
Thiem - 91
Khachanov - 66

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