(Paris) Earthquake at Roland Garros: Rafael Nadal, thirteen times crowned on Paris soil and looking for 21E World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated the Grand Slam Record Trophy semifinalists 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) 6-2. After the anthology fight over 4 hours on Friday.
It was only the third defeat for the Spaniards in 108 matches at Roland Garros. Djokovic, who already won in Paris in 2016, will face Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (5)E) In the final on Sunday and 19 will be the targetE Grand Slam title, to return to the record set by Roger Federer and Nadal together.
Djokovic seeks to become the first player in the international era, and the third in history (after Emerson and Laver) to win at least twice each of the four Grand Slam trophies. Neither Federer nor Nadal did anything.
“It’s the biggest game I’ve played here in Paris, even for the weather. The support for two players is incredible, it’s great,” the Serbian praised, but a curfew was granted to 5,000 spectators to stay until the end of the match.
“If you want to beat Rafa on his court, you have to play your best tennis. Tonight is my best tennis,” he added.
“It is a great right to be on the court with Rafa for this wonderful match,” he said.
Djokovic is one of only two players to beat Nadal in the quarterfinals in 2015 and Robin Soderling of Sweden in 2009 in Roland Garros. He is the only man to have won twice.
“I gave everything I had physically and mentally,” but “I know I can play well on this court,” Nadal said.
Everything was undoubtedly played at the end of the third set, which stretched perfectly within the 91st minute of a football match, and Djokovic ended up locking out the decisive game, with the Spaniard scoring the ball two innings into one of the previous play.
Nadal has not bowed at Roland Garros for six years. In 2016, he lost before his third round match.
Djokovic, he has not hit Mallorca on clay since 2016.