She again tortured Sabalenka in Paris, beating her in the second round 6-2, 6-4 - the same dominant scoreline she would use to dispatch Halep.
Roland Garros suffered another scheduling blow on Friday when the second semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem was halted for the night.
"I'm sure some people would debate if Ringo Starr was the less famous".
"I don't even know who I need to go search for to go practice with somebody who plays like him".
"If I had played him two, three times in Madrid, Monte Carlo, Rome". He's got that tremendous power in his game, especially with his forehand and serve.
The No. 1-seeded Djokovic has won 26 consecutive Grand Slam matches as he bids for a fourth major title in a row and 16th overall. The day before a final can be hard to deal with, especially for those who have not been there before, and so going back-to-back may just allow both to play their best tennis.
There's no doubt that they are spectacular competitors and will finish their careers - whenever that may be - as two of the greatest to ever play the game.
According to Oddschecker, Nadal is 1/7 to reach the final, while Federer, who has returned to the French Open for the first time in four years, is 6/1.
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After Nadal took the first set, Federer had a 40-0 lead at one point in the second set when it was tied 4-4. After a shaky start-he faced a break point in his first service game-he settled down and brought his bullying tennis to bear.
Konta looked the stronger player for large periods of the match but a staggering 41 unforced errors proved costly. "I feel like tennis has done so much for me, and to see a new generation come through is great".
The world number five finished with eight double faults while converting just one of eight break points.
Thiem insists he will not be intimidated by Djokovic but was full of praise for his rival as well as Nadal and Federer who have a combined 52 Slam titles between them.
Amelie Mauresmo tweeted in French, "I think we have hit the bottom ..." "It doesn't really matter which court I play on", said Barty, the world No.8.
Barty, 23, reached her first final at the majors, coming back from a set and 0-3 down to defeat 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 in a rollercoaster semi-final.
"I'm just happy that I won. This is more than I could have asked for".
However, the semi-final between Ashleigh Barty and Amanda Anisimova will be played on Court Suzanne Lenglen while Johanna Konta's match with Marketa Vondrousova has been shifted to the smaller 5,000-seater Court Simonne-Mathieu.
"And I think that he will go away with good sensations because he fought very well to win Roland Garros".
"But I definitely enjoyed the clay-court season and the French Open, so that would help the chances, I guess".