Nadal beats Djokovic in late-night Paris thriller

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Dates: 22 Might-5 June Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
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Rafael Nadal demonstrated as soon as once more why he’s the best participant in French Open historical past by beating long-time rival Novak Djokovic in a late-night thriller to succeed in the lads’s singles semi-finals.

Nadal, going for a 14th title, began beautifully and fought off resistance from defending champion Djokovic to win 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) at Roland Garros.

Nadal secured victory at 1:16am native time after over 4 hours on courtroom.

The 21-time Grand Slam winner now faces third seed Alexander Zverev on Friday.

Germany’s Zverev, 25, reached the semi-finals for the second successive 12 months after surviving teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz’s fightback earlier on Tuesday.

“To win towards Novak there is just one method: to play your finest from the primary level to the final,” stated Nadal, who thanked the Chatrier crowd for exhibiting their “love”.

“That is a kind of magic nights for me.”

Victory for Nadal avenged his semi-final defeat by Djokovic final 12 months and prolonged his all-time document on the Roland Garros clay to 110 wins in 113 matches.

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