Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to reach French Open final
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Novak Djokovic dethroned Rafael Nadal in an all-time classic encounter to reach the French Open final, winning 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2 in a match that lasted more than four hours.
(CNN)Novak Djokovic dethroned Rafael Nadal in an all-time classic encounter to reach the French Open final, winning 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2 in a match that lasted more than four hours.
The men's world No. 1 became the first player to beat the 'King of Clay' in the semifinals at Roland Garros and also the first man to win a match against Nadal at the French Open after dropping the first set.
As the match entered its closing stages, Andy Roddick, who won the US Open in 2003 tweeted: "To this point, it's one of the best matches I've ever seen," while Andy Murray described the contest between Nadal and Djokovic as "perfect. "
Djokovic came up with 50 winners, while Nadal committed 55 unforced errors as he visibly struggled physically in the match's closing stages.
Nonetheless Djokovic thoroughly deserved his win on Philippe-Chatrier, a court Nadal has often looked invincible on.
Nadal, a 13-time champion at Roland Garros, saw his staggering career record at the French Open slip to 105 wins and just three losses.
Two of those three losses have come at the hands of Djokovic, against whom Nadal still leads the lifetime head-to-head matchup at the French Open seven matches to two.