Rafael Nadal (ATP-3) will not win Roland Garros for the 14th time this year. In his semifinal, the Spaniard had to bow his head to Novak Djokovic (ATP-1). Both titans made it a smashing duel.
Nadal needs 7 set points
Before today, Novak Djokovic led 29-28 in the head-to-head games. So there was a good chance that we would have a nail-biting battle.
Nadal made a blitz start and immediately went out 5-0. But Djokovic came better
into the match and did not give his Spanish rival the opening set as a gift. the 7th
set point was good for Nadal: 3-6.
The tension continued into the second set. When Djokovic was able to serve out at 5-3, he made a double foul at 30-30. The number 1 in the world had to get rid of a break point twice. At his 1st set point it was bingo: 6-3.
Nadal shows resilience, but Djokovic is unleashed
Djokovic opened the 3rd set with confidence. The Serb often tested Nadal on the backhand, with the Spaniard regularly making mistakes.
But Nadal showed resilience and turned a 5-3 deficit into a 5-6 lead. He did not cash in on his set point. In the tiebreak, Djokovic took the longest with 7-6. Djokovic led 2-1 in the sets.
Whoever thought the spring was broken at Nadal was wrong. He immediately went through Djokovic’s service in set 4 and went 0-2. Then the Serb turned the tables. The number 1 in the world gave Nadal no more game: from 0-2 he went to 6-2.
And so Nadal suffers a rare defeat at Roland Garros. On Sunday, Djokovic can take a shot at his 2nd overall victory in Paris against Tsitsipas.