World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Rafael Nadal are headed for yet another collision in the French Open semifinals on Friday.
No. 3 Nadal out-lasted No. 10 Diego Schwartzman in four sets in one quarterfinal on Wednesday, while No. 1 Djokovic fought off No. 10 Matteo Berrettini in a four-set slugfest.
“Djokovic is one of the best players ever,” Nadal told reporters. “We know each other well and anything can happen when you face him.”
The winner will meet the survivor between No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 6 Sascha Zverev in Sunday’s Roland Garros final.
This is the 58th meeting between the two longtime rivals, with Djokovic holding a 29-28 lead. Nadal won their last match in the Italian Open final and has not lost to the Serb on clay in five years.
“Rafa is unbeatable here,” Schwartzman told reporters. “He always finds a way to win. hopefully next year I will not be in his half but in Djokovic’s.”
Here are the other key numbers heading into the latest chapter of the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry:
$1.9 million: Prize money for the French Open champion, while the runner-up takes home about $950,000 and the semifinal losers about $500,000.
105-2: Nadal’s record at the French Open, where his only two losses came to Robin Soderling (2009) and Djokovic (2015).
35: Number of matches Nadal has won in a row at the French. He has captured the last four titles (2017-20).
“A few years ago I was seen as the guy who was going to take over the tennis world,” Zverev said. “I was winning Masters 1000s and ATP Finals, but couldn’t get deep in Grand Slams. Yes, we have seen Rafa win Majors at a very young age, but what Rafa has achieved is not human.”
79-15: Djokovic’s record at Roland Garros. He has the second most wins at the French.
20: Number of Grand Slams for Nadal. He is tied with Roger Federer and would become the all-time men’s Slams leader if he wins the tournament.
13: Number of French Open crowns for Nadal. If he wins the title, he will have as many Roland Garros crowns as total number of Slams won by Pete Sampras (14).
18: Number of major titles for Djokovic, who remains alive for a 19th. Two-time French Open champion Jim Courier believes Djokovic can contend for majors until he’s 40.
69: Combined age of the two players. Nadal is 35, Djokovic 34.
46: Federer has the most Grand Slam semifinals with 46, followed by Djokovic at 40 and Nadal at 35.
7: Number of sets Djokovic has taken off Nadal at the French, the most of any opponent. Federer (4), Soderling (3), Schwartzman (3) and John Isner (2) are the only other players to take more than 1.
10-6: Nadal leads Djokovic by this count in Grand Slam matches.
7-1: Nadal has won seven of eight against the Serb at Roland Garros, with the only loss coming in the 2015 quarterfinals.