Rafael Nadal coach sent on Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas scouting mission

Rafael Nadal sent coach Carlos Moya and physio Rafael Maymo to watch Novak Djokovic take on Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open semi-finals.

There was no time to celebrate for Moya and Maymo after helping Nadal reach the French Open final.

The Spaniard did so with a straight-sets win over Diego Schwartzman earlier in the day on court Philippe-Chatrier.

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As the world No 2 went off to fulfil his media duties and spend time with his family, who were allowed into the stadium along with some fans, his coach had another task on their hands.

Nadal is hoping to win a record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros in Sunday’s final.

And he wanted all the information he could get on his potential next opponents.

Djokovic will be a familiar foe if it is to be him who Nadal faces next.

The two legends of the game have met on 55 occasions, with Djokovic enjoying a 29-26 win advantage.

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If it is to be the younger Tsitsipas who makes his maiden Grand Slam final then that will be a different challenge in itself.

Nadal has beaten the Greek ace in five of their six battles but with every tournament the 22-year-old is improving.

Whoever it will be, Moya and Roig must help to come up with a plan which can help Nadal tie Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles in the French capital.

Moya spoke earlier this week about the threat Djokovic poses to Nadal’s clay-court crown.

“Novak is playing at a great level,” Moya said. “He played a very hard game against Karen Khachanov and he solved it quite well.

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“He is a great player and I think that it is the player who benefits most from all these conditions of this Roland-Garros.

“We are concentrating on our work for the semi-finals and if the moment arrives to face Djokovic it means that Rafa is in the final and that Djokovic has won his two matches.”

Meanwhile, John McEnroe thinks Djokovic will be the favourite if the top two players in the world reach the final.

“I’m counting on Novak – Nadal in the final, in which, in my opinion, Nadal has no chance in these conditions, on this clay and with Novak, who has got into his head,” he said.

“I went a little too far, but in my opinion Novak is the number one favourite. He brought his body, his head and preparation to perfection.

“He prepares everything in detail, from tactics, technique, to nutrition, and he adheres to it.

“That’s the most important thing because I couldn’t stick to half of it, but he knows it makes him better, he wants to progress every day and it’s very interesting to work with him because he wants something better every day, at least 0.00001 percent, but something has to be happening, I have never seen such a mentality in my life.”

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