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Nadal & Djokovic set up French Open final

Nadal & Djokovic set up French Open final

Rafael Nadal maintained his grip on the French Open by reaching another men's singles final – where he will face top seed Novak Djokovic on Sunday (Oct 11).

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 showed his resilience 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.

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.

Djokovic, meanwhile, knows a victory will move him to 18 major titles – within one more of Nadal and two adrift of 39-year-old Federer.