Rafael Nadal will bid for an eighth French Open title on Sunday after a remarkable five-set victory over Novak Djokovic in Paris.
The pair have had some great battles over 35 meetings but this may have been the best of the lot as the match swung first to Nadal and then to Djokovic before the Spaniard finally came through 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 (3/7) 9-7 after four hours and 37 minutes.
The 2013 French Open has the women's singles final it wanted between the two global superstars of the game, and both insist they will step out onto Court Philippe Chatrier tomorrow with the slate wiped clean.
There is no doubt world number one Serena Williams goes into the match as favourite to beat Maria Sharapova for the 13th time in a row.
Rafael Nadal will bid to reach his eighth French Open final when he meets Novak Djokovic in Paris, but the real victory for the Spaniard is simply being on the court.
Nadal is playing at his first grand slam tournament since Wimbledon last year when, after a shock second-round defeat by Lukas Rosol, he did not play again for seven months because of knee problems.
Maria Sharapova reached her second consecutive French Open final with a 6-1 2-6 6-4 victory over Victoria Azarenka in Paris.
The defending champion benefited from a rain break at the end of the second set when the momentum seemed to be with her opponent.
Rafael Nadal will play Novak Djokovic in a blockbuster semi-final at the French Open after a crushing 6-2 6-3 6-1 win over Stanislas Wawrinka.
The seven-time champion had struggled through the first week, dropping sets to Daniel Brands and Martin Klizan, but it was a different player who took to Court Philippe Chatrier.