Published: Jun 08, 2012 6:13 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 09, 2012 6:32 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) - Novak Djokovic beat a mistake-prone Roger Federer 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 Friday to reach his first French Open final and close in on becoming the first man in 43 years with four consecutive Grand Slam titles.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic lost three previous semifinals at Roland Garros, including last year, when Federer stopped the Serb's 43-match winning streak.

On Friday, 16-time major champion Federer didn't play his best, ending up with 46 unforced errors to Djokovic's 17.

Djokovic won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, then the Australian Open in January. If he beats six-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, Djokovic will be only the third man in tennis history with four major titles in a row - and first since Rod Laver in 1969.