Novak Djokovic had defeated Rafael Nadal on Friday to reach the French Open final. Now the highest ranker Djokovic topped the third ranker Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2.
Djokovic will face No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Alexander Zverev in five sets on Friday.
After dipping the first set to Nadal, Djokovic reassembled to win the next three sets on his path to victory. However, Djokovic did find himself sprawling 0-2 in the fourth set before he ripped off six consecutive games to deny Nadal at a shot at a 15th French title.
This marked the 58th career meeting between Djokovic and Nadal. With Djokovic's victory, he took a 30-28 lead in the series. Nadal, a 14-time winner of the French Open, fell to 105-3 in his career at Roland Garros. His first defeat came against Robin Soderling in 2009; the next against Djokovic in 2015. Nadal's record in Paris is still a remarkable 105-3.
Now Djokovic will be going for his 19th career Grand Slam title when he faces Tsitsipas on Sunday. Djokovic's only French Open title came in 2016 when he defeated Andy Murray in the final.