Dream duel in the semifinals: Rafael Nadal (35) and Novak Djokovic (34) made the cracker perfect in the semifinals of the French Open.
Top favorite Nadal defeated the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 4, 6: 0 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The world number one Djokovic was then also victorious in the first Paris Night Session in front of spectators against the Italian Matteo Berrettini. In the end it was 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 7 (5: 7), 7: 5 for the Serbs.
Due to the imminent start of the curfew in Paris, the game had to be interrupted for around 20 minutes. Shortly before 11 p.m., the spectators were asked to leave the stadium. The tennis fans acknowledged this with loud whistles and “we paid” chants.
The 58th duel between the two tennis superstars will take place on Friday. It is currently 29 to 28 for Djokovic.
In the final of the French Open last year, Nadal outclassed his arch rivals 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. In the final of the Masters 1000 event in Rome, the 13-time Paris champion also had the upper hand in three sets (7: 5, 1: 6, 6: 3).
The other semifinals on Friday will be contested by Alexander Zverev (24) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (22). Before that, the women’s semi-finals are scheduled for Thursday. It comes to the debutante ball. First, at 3 p.m. (Eurosport), the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (23) will meet the Russian Anastasia Pawljutschenkowa (29). Then the Czech Barbora Krejcikova (25) and the Greek Maria Sakkari (25) play against each other.