The World No. 1 Novak Djokovic proves his mettle as he defeats the ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021 registering his 30th win over the Spaniard in their 58th career meeting.
Nadal made a good start to the first set going 5-0 up but Djokovic won 3 consecutive games before Nadal won the 9th game of the first set to take the set 6-3. Djokovic made a strong comeback breaking the Spaniard in the first game of the 2nd set and continued his authority to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2.
Apart from handing Nadal his 3rd ever defeat at the French Open in 17 years, Djokovic broke several other records in the process and can claim a further more with a 2nd title at the Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday, 13th June.
List of Records broken after Novak Djokovic’s victory
- Novak Djokovic becomes the first man to defeat Rafael Nadal twice at the French Open.
- Djokovic is the only person to defeat Nadal after losing the first set against the Spaniard at the Roland Garros.
- With his 4-set victory over Nadal, Djokovic becomes the only person with 5 or more sets won against Nadal at the French Open.
- Djokovic became the first person to defeat Nadal in the semi-finals of the French Open, breaking the Spaniard’s 100% win record in the semi-finals at Roland Garros.
- Djokovic ends Nadal’s 35 matches unbeaten streak at the Roland Garros with his last defeat coming in the 2016 French Open where he gave a walkover after his 3rd round match.
- If Novak wins the title on Sunday, he will join Roy Emerson and Rod Laver as only the 3rd player in history to win all 4 Grand Slam men’s singles titles twice. Djokovic would also become the 1st man to win all 4 Grand Slams twice in Open Era.
- If Novak Djokovic wins the title, he would tie on the 4th spot for most no. of titles won at the French Open
Most Grand Slam Men’s Singles Finals:
- 31 – Roger Federer 20W-11L
- 29 – Novak Djokovic 18W-10L
- 28 – Rafael Nadal 20W-8L
- 19 – Ivan Lendl 8W-11L
- 18 – Pete Sampras 14W-4L
- 17 – Rod Laver 11W-6L
- 16 – Bjorn Borg 11W-5L
- 16 – Ken Rosewall 8W-8L
- 15 – Roy Emerson 12W-3L
- 15 – Bill Tilden 10W-5L
- 15 – Andre Agassi 8W-7L
- 15 – Jimmy Connors 8W-7L
Novak Djokovic will now face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the French Open 2021 with the match scheduled on the 13th of June, 2021.