The French Open would start and the heading of the final would be ready. ‘The King of Red Gravel’ – Rafael Nadal of Spain did not get this title just like that. He had 13 French Open titles to his name. It is not easy to stop them on this court. But on Friday, Novak Djokovic broke Rafael Nadal’s dream of winning the 14th French Open. Nadal suffered an unexpected defeat in the men’s singles semi-final played on Friday. It was only Nadal’s third defeat in 108 matches on clay courts. Djokovic made a strong comeback after losing the first set. He won the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2. In this match, which lasted for four hours and 11 minutes, there was a fierce competition between both the players. However, Serbian player Djokovic won the last six games to win the match. Now Djokovic will be eyeing his second French Open and 19th Grand Slam title. This is the first time that Nadal has not won a title after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.
Djokovic will face fifth seed Stephens Sissypas in the final. It is the 29th Grand Slam final of Djokovic’s career and Sisipas’ first. The Greek player defeated Germany Alexander Zverev to make it to the title match. If Djokovic wins on Sunday, he will be the first player in 50 years to have won all four Grand Slams twice. Djokovic had earlier won the French Open title in 2016. At the same time, he defeated Nadal in the French Open in 2015. With this, he also became the only player to defeat Nadal twice at the French Open. Sisipas had earlier defeated Zverev 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals. Nadal, 35, is the oldest player in the Open Era to reach the final of the French Open. He is tied with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slams. Djokovic said after the match, ‘It is an honor to face Rafa in this wonderful match. This was my biggest match in Paris.
[Attribution to NBT]