The Spaniard swept aside David Ferrer in a near-perfect performance and can now look for his seventh Roland Garros crown against Novak Djokovic.
Rafa Nadal, who has won six of the seven editions of Roland Garros he has taken part in, looks determined carry on his dominion of the Parisian clay. The Spaniard was up against countryman David Ferrer, who came into the semi-finals off the back of a spectacular week of tennis, but could do nothing to stop Nadal running away with the contest, the Mallorcan star winning 2-6, 2-6, 1-6 and dropping just five games to book his place in what is his seventh final at the French Grand Slam.
David Ferrer was powerless to resist a master class from Nadal, which had the French crowd on their feet time and time again. Watching him play, it seems that nobody can stop him when he’s on form, but this Sunday in the final he still has to get past a formidable last hurdle in the form of Novak Djokovic.
His rival convincingly beat none other than Roger Federer (6-4, 7-5, 6-3) in three sets to win his place in the last stage. This will be the first time Djokovic has managed to qualify for a Roland Garros final, having falling at the semi-final stage in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He will now have to go head-to-head with a man who has defeated him on the two occasions they have met on clay in 2012 (in the finals at Montecarlo and Rome). In the last ten editions of Roland Garros, Spain has utterly dominated the list of champions, holding eight of the ten titles won since 2002. Albert Costa and Juan Carlos Ferrero have lifted a trophy each, which when added to Nadal’s six, make a quite remarkable record which the Spanish legend is determined to continue to build on. Roland Garros has become Nadal’s territory in recent years, but the Spaniard is still hungry for more glory on the Parisian clay.