Novak Djokovic beats reigning champion Rafael Nadal in stunning French Open semi-final

Novak Djokovic sensationally ended Rafael Nadal’s dominance of the French Open by beating the Spaniard in a stunning semi-final at Roland Garros. It ended 3-6 6-3 7-6 5-2.  

The Serb rose from a set down to book a final place against Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated Alexander Zverev in a similarly excellent match of tennis earlier in Friday.


Tsitsipas became the first Greek player to reach the French Open final when he defeated Zverev. 

“It means a lot. It was a difficult match. It was a match full of emotions, full of so many different phases that I went through.

“So, in the end, it was just such a big relief I was able to close it in such a good way. It was just exhausting.

“It was difficult to handle all of these things and put them together, kind of compromise on some others. I was able to deliver and close the match when I had to. I’m proud of myself.

I was trying to be in a good relationship with myself and get encouraged and push forward for something good to happen.

“I knew I was not done at that point (after losing the fourth set), I had more to give. I was playing much better. All I had to do was put in the concentration.

“I’m someone who fights. I was not willing to give up yet. I think I did few things right that worked in my favour. I was still alive. I was still able to come back to the match.

“It was a breath of fresh air, that first game. I felt revitalised.”


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