The ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal will take on the best in the world Novak Djokovic in a high-octane semi-final clash in the French Open 2021 on Friday. It is the match-up all tennis fans were eagerly waiting for. Nadal has been simply incredible on the clay court thus far.
The southpaw has been stretched into the fourth set just once in the tournament. In the quarter-final clash, Nadal ended Diego Schwartzman’s dream run. After dropping the second set, Nadal came back strongly and won the contest by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. The Spaniard would be looking to get one step closer to the French Open title for the 14th time in his career by going past World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
- Paris- 5:00 pm
- Delhi- 9:00 pm
- New York- 11:00 am
- Geneva- 5:00 pm
- Melbourne- 2:00 am
- London- 4:00 pm
Nadal has been in scintillating form in the French Open 2021. He even broke Jimmy Connors’ record of most career bagels served at a single tournament in his last game against Diego Schwartzman. Needless to say, Nadal is a force to reckon with on the clay court.
On the other hand, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has been in tremendous touch as well. He went past Tennys Sandgren, Pablo Cuevas, and Ričardas Berankis in straight sets in his first three matches. However, the World No. 1 player was stretched to the fifth set in the fourth-round clash by Lorenzo Musetti.
Moreover, Djokovic was troubled a little bit by Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-final clash. The contest went into the fourth set and the Serbian national ended up winning by 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5. However, despite being No.1 in the world, Djokovic is not being counted as the favorite in the clash against Nadal, simply because of Nadal’s domination on the clay court.
|France||France TV Sport, Prime Video|
|USA||NBC Sports, Peacock TV, Tennis Channel, Bally Sports|
|Brazil||Band Sports, SporTV|
|North Africa and Middle East||Bein Sports|
|Sub-Saharan Africa||SuperSport, Canal+|
|China||CMG, Tencent Sports|
|South East Asia||Fox Sports|
|Japan||WOWOW, TV Tokyo|
|New Zealand||Sky Sports|
|South Korea||CJ ENM|
Don’t be surprised if more people tune in to watch the semi-final instead of the final of the French Open 2021. This is because Nadal vs Djokovic is the match-up every tennis fan is looking forward to. The two champions are expected to give their everything in the highly-anticipated clash.