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Nadal beats Djokovic in epic duel to reach French Open semifinals – SABC News

Talks of an end to Rafael Nadal’s reign once again proved premature as the clay-court king stayed on course to defeat 22 ) in a vintage French Open quarterfinal match on Tuesday.

The 13-time Roland Garros champion, who was beaten by world no. 1 in the semi-final here last year, arrived in Paris with two injuries that had hampered his preparations.

After surviving a five-set thriller against Felix Auger Aliassime back in the preliminary round, the Spaniard, who has lost just three times since his first campaign in 2005 at the French Open, knows every inch of the immense court for which Philippe Chatrier and Djokovic paid The memory.

The Serb is still stuck on 20 Grand Slam titles after being banned from participating in the Australian Open by local authorities for his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 – a major Nadal won.

On the day teenager Carlos Alcaraz, widely heralded as his successor, was knocked out, Nadal threw the punches and had defending champion Djokovic on the ropes in a high-octane start in the spotlight.

Djokovic fought back in an 88-minute second set but 35-year-old Nadal, supported by a partisan crowd, found the resources to finish him in four sets despite a breakdown in the fourth and set up Meeting the German third ahead sets Alexander Zverev for a spot in Sunday’s final.

Zverev previously beat Alcaraz in four sets.



Nadal beats Djokovic in epic duel to reach French Open semifinals – SABC News

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