World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated World No. 3 Rafael Nadal of Spain in a marathon semi-final match to enter the final of the ongoing French Open tennis tournament, where he will now face Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece for the title. .
Djokovic defeated 13-time champion Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 in a four-set match. The Serbian player won the match that lasted four hours and 22 minutes.
Nadal, who holds a 105-2 (win-lose) record at the French Open, previously had a 7-1 record against Djokovic. In the final, Djokovic will now face Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has lost only one set this year.
Djokovic had earlier defeated Nadal in the quarter-finals of 2015 as well. Nadal, who won his first French Open title in 2005 and his last French Open title in 2020, has lost the tournament only three times during this period.
In 2009, he lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round, and in 2015 he lost to Djokovic in the quarterfinals. In 2016, he was ruled out of the third round due to injury.
In another semi-final, world number five male tennis player Tsitsipas reached the final of a Grand Slam event for the first time. The 22-year-old Tsitsipas achieved the feat when he defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the men’s singles semi-final played on Friday.