Rafael Nadal kept his phenomenal win streak at the French Open alive after nearly falling victim to Novak Djokovic, struggling to complete an epic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7 win to reach his eighth final at Roland Garros on Friday.
The battle lasting for more than four and a half hours was reminiscent of a similar struggle in the Australian Open semi-finals last year won by Djokovic after nearly six hours on court.
Nadal was broken while serving for victory in the fourth set but came from 4-2 down in the fifth.
The Spaniard who has lost only one of his 59 matches at the major, will wait for a Sunday opponent as France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces Spain's David Ferrer. Both men reached the semis without the loss of a set.
If Nadal wins Sunday, he will be the first man to win one grand slam tournament eight times.
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