Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic and advances to the Roland Garros semis | News
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal won this Tuesday in four sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6) against Serbian Novak Djokovic to advance to the semifinals of the Grand Slam Roland Garros, which is played in its traditional Paris headquarters.
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The left-hander known as Mayorquín, who will turn 37 on June 3, showed why he is considered the best tennis player in the world on clay surfaces, and remains in the race to reach his 14th title in said event.
For Nadal, Tuesday’s duel, extended to more than four hours, represented his eighth smile against two setbacks against Djokovic on clay, while in the historic confrontation the balance favors the Balkan 30 wins to 29.
From the first set, the representative of Spain, number five in the ranking of the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP) was precise in his actions, managing to break Djokovic’s service, first in the ranking, on a couple of occasions.
The match represented a lot for both of them, since Nadal aspires to establish himself as the undisputed king on the clay court, a surface on which he has 110 wins; while he truncated the possibility that his opponent continued in the race to match him with 21 Grand Slam titles.
In the semifinals, Nadal will face the German Alex Zverev, number three in the world, and who advanced to that instance by also disposing of the 19-year-old Spaniard and sixth in the universal order, Carlos Alcaraz, in four sets.
In other quarterfinal outcomes, the Italian Martina Trevisan defeated the Canadian Leylah Fernandez with scores of 6-2, 6-7 and 6-3; while the American Coco Gauff defeated her compatriot Sloane Stephens 7-5 and 6-2.