After a match of more than 4 hours, the world number 1 Novak Djokovic overthrew Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, thirteen times crowned on Parisian clay and in search of a 21st record trophy in Grand Slam, in four sets, 3- 6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) 6-2. This is only the Spaniard’s third defeat in 108 matches at Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic, already winner in Paris in 2016, will face the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday and will aim for a 19th Grand Slam title, to return to a length of the record co-held by Roger Federer and Nadal. Djokovic will also seek to become the first player in the Open era, and only the third in history (after Emerson and Laver), to win at least twice each of the four Grand Slam trophies. What neither Federer nor Nadal did.
“It’s the biggest game I’ve played here in Paris, also for the atmosphere. The support was incredible for both players, it was fantastic ”, appreciated the Serbian, while a waiver of the curfew was granted to the 5,000 spectators present to stay until the end of the match.
Tsitsipas qualified for his first Grand Slam final
World number 5, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, also qualified for his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros on Friday. He won against the German Alexander Zverev, sixth in the world, in five sets 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, in over three and a half hours.
At 22, Stefanos Tsitsipas becomes the first Greek player to invite himself to the major final, the youngest player to do so since Andy Murray in 2010. Until then, Tsitsipas had lost his first three semi-finals in the Grand Slam (Australian Open 2019 and 2021, Roland-Garros 2020).
Tsitsipas, player who has won the most games since the start of the season
“I remembered where I come from and my roots, my dream was to play here, on these big courts”, he confided with tears in his eyes. “It was very difficult, very emotional. I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs, it’s the most important victory of my career so far, ”he added.
By reaching the final, Tsitsipas, the player who has won the most matches (39) since the start of the season, the one who also won the most on clay in 2021 (22), is finally where we are. was waiting. During the ocher tour, the Greek offered his first Masters 1000 in mid-April in Monte-Carlo and also came close to beating Rafael Nadal in Barcelona, and Novak Djokovic in Rome.
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