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French Open: Novak Djokovic reaches semi-final, sets up 58th meeting with Rafael Nadal


Novak Djokovic set up a 58th meeting with Rafael Nadal on Wednesday when he reached his 40th Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open despite being held up by 5,000 fans needing to be evacuated to conform with a Covid-19 curfew.

[1] @DjokerNole defeats [9] #Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5 to advance to his 11th #RolandGarros SF (2nd to Nadal’s 14). #Djokovic converts 4 of 9 break pts, saves all 3 BPs and hits 44 winners.

Next: 29-28 H2H vs [3] #Nadal, who leads 19-7 on clay (7-1 @RolandGarros).

— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) June 9, 2021

The blockbuster semi-final is confirmed with top seed Djokovic takes on third seed Nadal after four-set wins for both players in the quarter-finals. Nadal and Djokovic were drawn in the same half as the second seed went to world No 2 Daniil Medvedev.

The match will be a repeat of the 2020 final that Nadal stunningly won 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to lift his 20th Major.

French Open: Nadal storms into 14th semi-final after Schwartzman snaps his straight-sets streak

World number one Djokovic defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5 to book his place in the last four in Paris for the 11th time.

Earlier, Nadal, the 13-time champion, beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 to make the semi-finals for…

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