To absolutely no one’s surprise, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have advanced to the French Open semi-finals.
They won’t have it all their own way though against Stefano Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman.
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Some things in life are inevitable.
Death, taxes, your dropped toast always landing butter side down.
And you can add Rafael Nadal excelling at the French Open to that list.
Since making his debut in 2005 the Spaniard has lost just twice at Roland Garros.
And he is going for an astounding 13th win here.
Standing in his way is Diego Schwartzman, who reached the quarters without dropping a set before despatching third seed Dominic Thiem.
Nadal has yet to drop a set and he has also won nine of his ten previous matches against Schwartzman.
However, the Argentine’s only victory came in their previous clash, just three weeks ago.
He also managed to take a set off Nadal at the 2018 French Open.
So while he looks like ultimately falling short, with the pressure off and being able to enjoy playing one of the greatest of all time, Schwartzman can certainly put up a good fight.
In the other semi-final, top seed Novak Djokovic faces Stefano Tsitsipas.
The world number one has been in majestic form this year, winning every tournament he has played in, other than the US Open.
He has also breezed through this tournament in customary fashion, dropping just one set.
However the Greek number 5 seed has not dropped a set since his opening match.
And he is no stranger to the business end of tournaments, having won the ATP Finals last year and reaching the Australian Open semis in 2018.
Surprisingly for a player who has dominated tennis for the last decade, Djokovic has won only four of his previous nine semi-finals at Roland Garros.
And he has not made the French Open final since he won his only title here in 2016.
More worryingly though for the Serb is that he seemed to be struggling with injury in his previous match.
And if those issues return, it may not turn into a Greek tragedy, but could still make life very difficult for Djokovic.