You could have quite easily predicted this quartet to emerge from their respective sections, with Nadal having cruised into the last four after some virtuoso performances which suggest that the Spaniard is untouchable at Roland Garros this year.
Nadal is bidding for an incredible seventh title in the French Open and any odds-against quote about the number two seed has long since disappeared considering the 26-year-old is yet to drop a set and made light work of Nicolas Almagro after a tense tie break.
The Spaniard is a best price 4/11 (Ladbrokes free bets) to maintain his standing as the King of Clay although perhaps he will be tested by compatriot David Ferrer on Friday, with both men hoping their national football team can land another victory at Euro 2012.
Many punters will be lumping on Nadal despite prohibitive odds of 1/12 (BetVictor), with an 8/15 quote (Betfred bookmaker) available that the tournament favourite obliges in straight sets.
Ferrer produced some excellent tennis to defeat number four seed Andy Murray in the quarter finals, although this result was far from a shock and the 30-year-old was actually favourite based on the fact that he’s pretty comfortable on clay.
This is the furthest that Ferrer has ever got at Roland Garros and it will be his third Grand Slam semi-final, having never yet reached a final. The odds on him doing that on Friday are 9/1 (Sportingbet free bet) and what a famous victory this would be!
The other semi-final of the 2012 French Open looks more evenly-matched, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer set for another titanic struggle for a place in the final.
It was Federer that came out on top when the pair met at the same stage of the 2011 French Open, serving up a first defeat of the year to the now-ranked world number one and the Swiss looks like a decent price to record victory once again at 13/8.
The number three seed produced a stirring comeback to recover from two sets down and beat Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter final of the competition, while Djokovic has been performing his own miracle acts by triumphing in five sets against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andrea Seppi.
Djokovic is clearly the ultimate competitor with a never-say-die spirit which will see him win several more major tournaments and he can be backed at 4/7 (Boylesports) to win this encounter although there really doesn’t appear to be much between the players.