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Rafael Nadal stays on the right track for his 14th French Open and twenty second Grand Slam after edging Novak Djokovic in an epic lasting 4 hours and 12 minutes on Courtroom Philippe Chatrier; “The one technique to win towards him is to play your greatest from the primary level to the final. A magic evening for me”

Final Up to date: 01/06/22 1:44am

Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in an epic late-night battle

Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in an epic late-night battle

Rafael Nadal received a traditional late-night battle with previous foe Novak Djokovic to achieve
the semi-finals of the French Open.

The Spaniard, in search of a 14th Roland Garros title, battled to a 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) victory over the defending champion and world No 1, in a match lasting 4 hours and 12 minutes which completed at 1.15 am native time.

“A really robust match,” stated Nadal. “Novak is likely one of the greatest gamers in historical past and enjoying towards him is all the time an incredible problem. Right this moment was one other one.

“The one technique to win towards him is to play your greatest from the primary level to the final. A magic evening for me.”

The 13-time Roland Garros champion, overwhelmed by the world No 1 within the semi-finals right here final 12 months, arrived in Paris on the again of accidents and a persistent foot downside that hampered his preparations.

Having already survived a five-set thriller towards Felix Auger Aliassime within the earlier spherical, the Spaniard, who has solely misplaced thrice on the French Open since 2005, is aware of each inch of the immense court docket Philippe Chatrier and Djokovic paid for the reminder.

Nadal threw some early punches after coming hurtling out of the blocks. He had defending champion Djokovic on the ropes after profitable the primary 11 video games, main by a set and 3-0 with a double break.

Nadal advances to his record-extending fifteenth Roland Garros semi-final.

Nadal improves to 110-3 on the French Open along with his second straight four-hour+ victory and twentieth win on clay over Djokovic.

Nevertheless, Nadal’s depth dropped and Djokovic hauled himself degree earlier than restoring parity after claiming an 88-minute second set.

However whereas the momentum seemed to be all his, the 35-year-old Nadal, backed by a partisan crowd, had recalibrated and raced away with the third.

Nadal saved two set factors on the Djokovic serve and from 5-2 down, levelled the fourth set at 5-5.

A match that had began in Might was now being performed in June. Right into a tie-break and Nadal roared right into a 6-1 lead, Djokovic introduced it again to 6-4, however a backhand winner introduced the 59th assembly of those two greats to a climactic finish.

Nadal will now meet German third seed Alexander Zverev for a spot in Sunday’s closing.

“He was a greater participant, I feel, within the essential moments,” stated Djokovic. “He began very properly. I did not begin so nice.

“I used to be gaining momentum, managed to win the second set and thought OK, you understand, I am again within the sport.

“However then he had one other two, three improbable video games in the beginning of the third. He was simply capable of take his tennis to a different degree in these.

“He confirmed why he is an amazing champion. Staying there mentally robust and ending the match the way in which he did.”

Zverev topples Alcaraz in fabulous encounter

Alexander Zverev tamed the high-flying teenager and Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to reach the French Open semi-finals

Alexander Zverev tamed the high-flying teenager and Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to achieve the French Open semi-finals

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz’s French Open title bid led to a four-set defeat by Zverev.

The 19-year-old was tipped by many as a possible winner this 12 months, however he paid for a sluggish begin to the match as third seed Zverev triumphed in an exhilarating encounter 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6 (9-7).

“I knew I needed to play my greatest tennis at this time and I am completely happy I did,” stated Zverev.

“I advised him on the internet he’ll win this a whole lot of occasions, I simply hope I win it earlier than he begins.”

This was the primary time the 25-year-old Zverev defeated a top-10 opponent at a Grand Slam in 12 makes an attempt and his victory got here towards a participant who got here into the competition having received 14 consecutive matches.

Alcaraz made 56 unforced errors as Zverev saved a set level within the fourth set tie-break earlier than changing his second match level with a powerful backhand return to achieve his second straight semi-final at Roland Garros.

Alcaraz’s time will certainly come, and sooner relatively than later.

He stated: “I might say I completed the match enjoying higher. I depart the court docket, depart the match with the pinnacle very excessive. I fought till the final ball. I fought till the final second of the match, and I am pleased with it.”

There was disappointment for Britain within the males’s doubles as prime seeds Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram misplaced a match tie-break of their quarter-final towards Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek.

Neal Skupski and Dutchman Wesley Koolhof had been additionally overwhelmed in three by Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.

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