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Sport Rafael Nadal suffers French Open semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic

05:10  12 june  2021
05:10  12 june  2021 Source:   tennis365.com

Novak Djokovic reacts to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer draw ahead of French Open

  Novak Djokovic reacts to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer draw ahead of French Open Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are preparing to battle it out for glory at the French Open.The shock draw marks the first occasion that Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have been grouped together at a major tournament and opens up a spot in the final for the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem.

Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal 's reign at the French Open with a four-set win in a classic semi - final which will be ranked among the all-time great matches on the Roland Garros clay. Nadal , going for a record-extending 14th title, lost at Roland Garros for only the third time in 108 matches. Djokovic , 34, must now recover to play Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's final. The 22-year-old Greek reached his first Grand Slam final by beating German sixth seed Alexander Zverev in a five-set epic earlier on Friday.

Novak Djokovic sealed an incredible 3-6, 6-3 7-6 (5), 6-2 win against the 13-times champion to book a place in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after his defeat in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images. As the third set began, Djokovic remained on top of the baseline, dictating so much of the proceedings. He dragged Nadal off the court with wicked angles and suffocated the Spaniard with his return of serve, generating eight break points in the set across four different games.

Rafael Nadal suffered just the third loss of his career at the French Open as Novak Djokovic claimed victory in a sensational semi-final.

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The world number one lost the first five games but fought back to win 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2 after four hours and 11 minutes, with fans given special permission to stay beyond Paris’ 11pm curfew.

On Sunday, Djokovic will take on Stefanos Tsitsipas, who held his nerve to reach a first grand slam final with a five-set victory over Alexander Zverev.

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a man hitting a ball with a racquet: Novak Djokovic stretches for a backhand with Rafael Nadal watching (Christophe Ena/AP) © Provided by Tennis365 Novak Djokovic stretches for a backhand with Rafael Nadal watching (Christophe Ena/AP)

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HawkEye debate

a person on a court with a racket: Barbora Krejcikova and the umpire debate the contentious mark (Christophe Ena/AP) © Provided by Tennis365 Barbora Krejcikova and the umpire debate the contentious mark (Christophe Ena/AP)

Discussion continued on Friday over the merits of using line-calling technology on clay after the over-rule that could have cost Barbora Krejcikova a place in the singles final. Many pundits and former players were up in arms after HawkEye – which is used by TV companies but not the tournament – showed the ball to be out.


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Tournament director Guy Forget told Eurosport: “It’s a long debate we’ve had before – the image HawkEye shows and the mark that actually shows on the court can be different. If the ball touches the line and on HawkEye it looks out, should we show it on TV while the system is not 100 per cent accurate?”

Rafael Nadal has two glaring obstacles to overcome ahead of potential Novak Djokovic clash

  Rafael Nadal has two glaring obstacles to overcome ahead of potential Novak Djokovic clash Rafael Nadal is on course to face Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the 2021 French Open.Nadal leads the head-to-head with Djokovic at the French Open having won seven to his rival's solitary one in 2015.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in ‘absolutely insane’ semi - final thriller. French Open : Daniil Medvedev was facing a straight sets loss, so figured there was no better time to pull Rafael Nadal is human even on clay.Source:Getty Images. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are fighting out one of

Novak Djokovic became only the second man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open with a straight-sets victory in the quarter-finals in Paris. The world number one ended the nine-time champion's reign 7-5 6-3 6-1. The Serb, now two wins from completing the career Grand Slam of all four major titles, will play Andy Murray in the semi - finals on Friday. Nadal , on his 29th birthday, suffered his first defeat in six years and his second in 72 matches at Roland Garros. His only previous French Open loss came in the 2009 fourth round against Sweden's Robin Soderling - but this defeat was far

New deal for Eurosport

The French Open will be shown in the UK on Eurosport for at least another five years after the channel’s parent company, Discovery, signed a new deal with the French Tennis Federation until 2026.

More tennis in Britain

a group of people on a grass court: There will be more tennis events in Britain in 2022 (Zac Goodwin/PA) © Provided by Tennis365 There will be more tennis events in Britain in 2022 (Zac Goodwin/PA)

British players have routinely highlighted a lack of playing opportunities in this country as one reason for a dearth of tour-level players. The Lawn Tennis Association is moving to address this with a pledge to host at least 30 lower-level professional events in 2022 in addition to the grass-court programme.

But the barriers to staging tournaments at the moment, including travel restrictions and prohibitive costs, mean there will be no events from July through September, meaning the cancellation for this year in Glasgow of the Murray Trophy.

Rafael Nadal ready for Novak Djokovic as French Open win underscores Roger Federer bid

  Rafael Nadal ready for Novak Djokovic as French Open win underscores Roger Federer bid Rafael Nadal battled hard to beat Diego Schwartzman in the French Open quarter-finals and set up a showdown with Novak Djokovic in the semis.A 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 triumph saw Nadal book his spot in the semi-finals of his favourite Grand Slam yet again, while Djokovic joined him there after beating Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 6-5.

Novak Djokovic earned one of the biggest wins of his career against Rafael Nadal on Friday evening in their blockbuster Roland Garros semi - final , which was one of the best matches of the season, full of twists, turns and sensational tennis. Novak Djokovic is the only player to beat Rafael Nadal twice at Roland Garros. Djokovic Dethrones Nadal After Roland Garos Epic.

A match billed as the real French Open final on Friday night turned into a match that might define an era, as Novak Djokovic brilliantly deposed the king of Roland Garros. Semi - final encounter will be ranked among the all-time great matches at Roland Garros. By the end there was that rarest of sights, Nadal overwhelmed in his lair as he lost the last six games in succession. For Tsitsipas there had been tears of joy as he became the first player from his tennis backwater of a country to make a Grand Slam final.

Who’s up next?

Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova face the biggest match of their careers in an unexpected women’s singles final.

Neither woman had been beyond the last eight at a grand slam before and this will be the first time they have played each other.

France will have high hopes for the men’s doubles final, where 2018 champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert take on Kazakh duo Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev.

Roger Federer 'doesn't like' obsession with Grand Slam record as Novak Djokovic closes in .
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