In addition to that, his countryman, the No. 4-seeded David Ferrer, also advanced to his first French Open final after soundly defeating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets during his semifinal contest.
It will be Ferrer's first Grand Slam final, and it comes on clay, his favorite surface.
Reaching his first French Open championship, however, was the easy part. Now the feisty Ferrer must continue doing the improbable by taking out Nadal, the world's best ever clay-courter.
Nadal is bidding for his eighth French Open title with his fourth consecutive win on the grounds of Stade Roland Garros. With his game tightening and improving with each match, Nadal is in top clay-court form and ready to make history on Sunday. The only man standing in his way is a man who never quits.
So who will win on Sunday? Read the following analysis and prediction.