Rafael Nadal claimed the 2020 French Open to deny Novak his second career Grand Slam. The 13-time titlist defeated the 2016 champion and top seed in straights sets 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in a superbly played match under a closed roof on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Nole beat fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 after a great battle to reach his fifth French Open final. He will take on Rafael Nadal (ESP, 2) in the championship match on Sunday (15:00 CET).
Novak continued his pursuit of a second Roland Garros title on Wednesday, following a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 comeback triumph over no.17 seed Pablo Carreno Busta to progress into his 10th French Open semi-final. The top seed will next take on fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) who defeated Andrey Rublev (RUS, 13) in straight sets.
Nole produced another solid win when he beat no.15 seed Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to advance into his 14th Roland Garros quarter-finals. For a spot in the last four, the top seed will play Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP, 17).
World no.1 added another straight-sets win to his 2020 Roland Garros record on Saturday, sailing past Daniel Elahi Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last 16 for the 14th time. He goes on to face no.15 seed Karen Khachanov (RUS, H2H 3-1).
Top seed recorded his 70th career French Open match win as he crushed Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Novak will look to continue his pursuit of a second Roland Garros title when he plays Daniel Elahi Galan (COL, LL) in the third round on Saturday.
2016 champion began his quest for a second Roland Garros trophy on Tuesday in Paris, when he defeated Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Fourth seed Dominic Thiem beat 2016 titlist and top seed in semi-final action at Roland Garros. The Austrian completed the third career victory over Novak, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in the match that lasted four hours and 13 minutes, spanning across two days
World no.1 defeated reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, advancing to the last four on the Parisian terre battue for the ninth time. For a place in the French Open final, Novak will meet fourth seed Dominic Thiem (Friday about 15:30 CET)