Finale before the final!

Jun 06, 2013, 00:58 IST | AFP

Top seed Novak Djokovic will face defending champ Rafael Nadal in French Open semi-final

World No 1 Novak Djokovic reached his 12th consecutive Grand Slam semi-final when he defeated gutsy German Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 in the French Open Last-Eight.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Top seed Djokovic, who needs a Roland Garros title to become just the eighth man to complete a career Grand Slam, will tackle defending champion Rafael Nadal for a place in Sunday’s final.

“Tommy is a very dangerous opponent with lots of quality, plenty of experience and is very aggressive,” said Djokovic. He will go into tomorrow’s semi-final having defeated Nadal in the final of Monte Carlo on clay in April.

“I will have to raise my game for the next match. Nadal is in great form but the win in Monte Carlo has given me great confidence. I will be positive.”

Meanwhile, Nadal cruised into the French Open semi-finals with a routine 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win over Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.

“I think today I played my best match of this year at the tournament. I was very happy with the conditions on a court that is so emotional for me,” said Nadal
“Stan was a little bit tired after his incredible match against Richard (Gasquet) which I thought was the best match of the tournament so far.”

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