Novak Djokovic made history when he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021 at the Philipe-Chatrier in an epic 4-setter match that went on for more than 4 hours in a treat for tennis fans. In his 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 victory, Djokovic became the first man to defeat Nadal twice at the Roland Garros.
Djokovic found himself 0-5 down in the 1st set against an rampant Nadal who continued to push the Serbian on the wall. However, Novak won 3 games in a row to make it 3-5 for him, but it was too late as Rafa won the next game to take the 1st set 6-3 in just above an hour mark.
He staged a strong comeback in the 2nd set breaking the Spaniard in the very first game and continued holding his serve for the majority time to win the 2nd set and level the score. The third set was arguably the greatest set played at the Roland Garros this year with Djokovic winning in the tie-breaker. He later went on to win the 4th set to qualify for his 6th final at the French Open.
Djokovic put out a tweet captioned, “Another battle to remember ! Until tomorrow” as he now has a shot at his 2nd French Open title and 19th Grand Slam title. Djokovic called it his ‘best match at the Roland Garros’ and appreciated the battle he had with his biggest rival.
Novak Djokovic broke many records in his win over Nadal
Novak Djokovic broke multiple records after his win over Nadal in the semi-finals. Apart from becoming the first person to defeat Nadal twice at the French Open, he also gave Nadal his 3rd defeat in 108 matches the Spaniard has played at the Roland Garros in his 17 years at the tournament.
Novak now has a chance to become the first person in Open Era to win all 4 Grand Slams twice if he is able to get past World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas who will be his opponent in Sunday’s final at the French Open 2021.
The 22-year old Greek will be playing his maiden Grand Slam final and enters the final after a thrilling 5-set win in the semi-finals over Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic who won the 2021 Australian Open now has a chance to win the Calendar Grand Slam (winning all 4 Grand Slams in a single year) becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all Grand Slams in a single year.