Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are set for a replay of last year’s French open final after they cruised through their respective quarter-finals.
Nadal was impressive without being spectacular in defeating Stanslas Wawrinka on Court Phillippe Chatrier in straight sets.
While over on Court Suzanne Lenglen Djokovic was busy ending the impressive resurgence of Tommy Haas, also in straight sets.
The reigning champion at Roland Garros bookended the match with Wawrinka with some scintillating tennis, but had to fight off some decent shot making from the talented Swiss in the meat of the encounter to run out 6-2 6-3 6-1.
Nadal looks fit and in the mood after a first week that can be written off as blowing off the cobwebs when it comes the to best of five.
Wawrinka, seeded nine for the tournament, just couldn’t live with Nadal’s defensive work and the extra shot he always needed to play to win a point.
Meanwhile, Djokovic was pushed a little harder by the 35-year-old Haas, who has been creeping up the rankings this year after shaking off long-term fitness issues.
However, world number one was a step top far and Djokovic took the match 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 and set up the much-anticipated semi-final.