Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal at French Open Semifinals
Saturday, 12-June-2021 11:22
JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has dashed Rafael Nadal's dream of winning his 21st Grand Slam title on clay court, which Nadal excels in, through a tight battle in the semifinals of the French Open, Friday night Paris local time (Saturday, 06/12/2021 Indonesian western time).
The Serbian won against the "King of Clay" from Roland Garros with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2, which was completed in four hours and 22 minutes.
"This has to be the most beautiful match I've ever played here in Paris," said Djokovic, speaking in French after the match.
The match between Djokovic and Nadal was sensational and unexpected. Although Djokovic has a 29-28 lead in their pre-match record, Nadal has a total of 105-2 wins on clay and 7-1 in his encounters with Djokovic on the same court.
Djokovic lost in the first set, but he never lost his focus against third seeded Nadal who already has 13 titles from Roland Garros.
"Maybe you saw me that there was no pressure in this match, but believe me there was a lot of pressure," Djokovic said, as reported by the ATP Tour on their official website.
After a slow start, Djokovic was able to press Nadal for the second set to prevent him from taking the initiative in a grueling rally game. Nadal often fought back throughout the match, but Djokovic never gave him a chance to hit back for long.
Nadal has lost only one set in this tournament going into the semifinals, which came in the quarter-finals against Diego Schwartzman.
In the final, Djokovic will meet fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who battled past Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and 37 minutes in the first semifinal.
Djokovic has a 5-2 lead against the 22-year-old, and he beat him in five sets in last year's Roland Garros semifinals.
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