Djokovic climbed "Everest", beat Nadal at French Open semis
Nadal's first defeat at the French Open was in 2009 at the hands of Robin Soderling and then Djokovic defeated him in 2015. This was Rafael's third loss in 108 matches at the French Open
After all, the "King of clay" Rafael Nadal was defeated. It is not easy for everyone to beat Nadal on the clay court. There are only two players in history who have been able to do so, with Djokovic doing it for the second time late on Friday night. It was his 58th career clash with Nadal, in which the Serbian won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2.
Relaxation in curfew
Djokovic bounced back after losing the first set in the more than four-hour-long semi-final, shattering Nadal's hopes of a 14th French Open and a record 21st Grand Slam title. He will now face Greece's 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday. This match, played in front of about five thousand spectators, was very exciting after the match went on for 98 minutes of the third set, the local administration took a historic decision. Actually, due to Coronavirus restrictions, curfew comes into force in France from 11 pm, but spectators were allowed to watch the match.
Like climbing Everest
Top seed Djokovic was trailing 0-2 in the fourth set after losing the first set but then won six games to reach the final for the sixth time in the clay-court major tournament. "It's one of those nights and matches that you will always remember," he said after the match.
It's hard to find words bigger than all the superlatives you can think of for Rafa's achievements at Roland Garros said Djokovic who now leads their series 30-28 and had lost three finals in the French capital to Nadal.
"Each time you step on the court with him, you know that you have to kind of climb Mount Everest to win against this guy here."
Has Nadal lost because of fatigue ?
The Spain legend admitted after the match that fatigue could have been the reason for his poor play in the third set of the tiebreaker, in which he committed a double fault. The 35-year-old Spanish player said, 'Mistakes can happen, but if you want to win, you cannot make such mistakes. This is tennis. The one who played the best according to the conditions, he deserves to win. No doubt, he deserved the win. The set lasted one hour and 33 minutes.
Djokovic would like to beat Nadal and Federer
Now Djokovic will face Tsitsipas on Sunday for a second French Open title and 19th overall major championship. He defeated sixth seed Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the final, becoming the first Greek player to do so. Djokovic is currently two titles behind Nadal and Roger Federer (both of 20 Grand Slam titles) and would like to close the gap.