Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal put on a fascinating show on Friday at Roland Garros. The men’s tennis giants fought deeply on the Paris night, with Djokovic finally prevailing 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to advance to Sunday’s French Open final.
Djokovic denied Nadal the opportunity to pass Roger Federer for most of the individual Grand Slam titles. Nadal and Federer are still tied at 20 each. Meanwhile, Djokovic will seek his 19th major title when he meets Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
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Spectators inside Court Philippe-Chatrier were enormously entertained, to the point where they chanted that they would not leave when the 11pm curfew went into effect in France. The tournament organizers announced in the fourth set that they could stay due to “the extraordinary nature of this match.”
Tennis Twitter was equally enthralled after watching 34-year-old Djokovic and 35-year-old Nadal go head-to-head for four hours and 11 minutes, and the top-seeded Djokovic rally gave third-seeded Nadal. only his third defeat in 108 matches on clay at Roland Garros.
I’m not sure if I just watched the most extraordinary tennis match of my privileged career! @DjokerNole ending the reign of the greatest on clay – Rafael Nadal @Vijay_Amritraj I missed you in the comments!
– Alan Wilkins (@ alanwilkins22) June 11, 2021
The greatest rivalry this generation will ever see. Down goes the king of clay. Novak Djokovic is the first player to beat Rafael Nadal twice in the # frenchopen2021 .
No matter how much you trolle it, it always gets stronger. #NoleFam
– Yash (@One_potatoo) June 11, 2021
I must say that Nadal’s fighting spirit remains unmatched in tennis history and probably in the sport in general.
– Simone Curto (@CurtoSimone) June 11, 2021