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Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by fergie0o1: 11:13pm On Jun 11
Novak Djokovic handed 13-time champion Rafael Nadal only his third defeat in 16 years and 108 matches at the French Open on Friday to reach his sixth Roland Garros final in an epic showdown which even beat the country's Covid-19 curfew.

In their 58th career clash, Djokovic triumphed 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 and stays on course to capture a 19th major and become the first man in over 50 years to win all four Slams twice.

Djokovic, the 2016 champion in Paris who had also beaten Nadal at the 2015 tournament, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's final in what will be his 29th championship match at the Slams.

Tsitsipas had earlier become the first Greek to reach a Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Germany's Alexander Zverev.

Nadal, 35, who would have been the oldest finalist at the French Open in the modern era, remains tied on 20 majors with Roger Federer.

"It was a privilege to face Rafa in such an incredible match," said Djokovic after four hours and 11 minutes of intense action.

"Tonight it was my greatest ever match in Paris."

It was his second win in eight meetings in Paris with Nadal, a sequence which also included three losses in finals.

It was Nadal's first defeat in 14 semi-finals in the French capital.

"Probably it was not my best day today, even if I fought," said Nadal.

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I had a big chance. There were some crazy points but there was fatigue there."

Djokovic finished with 50 winners; Nadal committed 55 unforced errors under the relentless assault.

Djokovic had two break points in the opening game of the first set which stretched to 10 minutes but was unable to convert.

- Curfew-buster -

Nadal made him pay, sprinting away for a 5-0 lead before the top seed got on the board.

Djokovic clung on, retrieving one break to get to 2-5 but Nadal eventually prevailed after one hour on court even if he required seven set points to edge ahead.

As a sign of the tension of the occasion, Nadal complained to chair umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore that he needed more time to collect his towel.

Djokovic aired his bemusement at the amount of clay on the baselines.

The old rivals exchanged breaks in the second and third games of a big-hitting second set but it was Djokovic who repeated the feat for a 4-2 lead before levelling the tie.

Twice in the third set Djokovic edged ahead, only to be reeled back in by Nadal who broke back in the 10th game as the world number one served for the set.

Djokovic then had to save a set point with an ice-cool drop shot in the 12th game.

"You cannot play better clay court tennis than this. It's perfect," tweeted Andy Murray.

A 92-minute third set ended with Djokovic taking the tiebreak.

In a further twist on a dramatic evening, the 5,000 spectators inside Court Philippe Chatrier were allowed to watch the conclusion of the match despite it passing the 11pm Covid-19 curfew.

"In agreement with the national authorities, the match will come to an end in your presence," said a stadium announcer told delighted fans.

Nadal then broke in the first game of the fourth set but Djokovic levelled for 2-2 and broke again for 4-2.

He finished it off on a second match point when Nadal hit wide and long.

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Impossible Achieved �

@DjokerNole becomes the first player in history to defeat Nadal in a Paris semi-final, besting the Spaniard 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 to reach the title match.

#RolandGarros

Roland Garros

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by paulolee(m): 11:23pm On Jun 11
congrats to a djokovic for DT win because I watched d intense game n it wasnt easy beating nadal at d end..
if u want to be the best u would beat d best n I pray he goes ahead n win d finals..
its always nice seeing nadal n roger federa play tennis....both are GOAT of tennis n av done alot for d game.

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Amotolongbo(f): 11:31pm On Jun 11
So painful Nadal lost.
I actually wanted him to win this Roland Garros so that he can surpass Federer to 21 Grand Slams.

Winning this will take Djokovic to 19, one below Nadal and Federer

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by fergie001: 11:34pm On Jun 11
No way.....Tsitsipas please win the finals.

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by unmask: 11:53pm On Jun 11
fergie001:
No way.....Tsitsipas please win the finals.
bad belle

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by unmask: 11:53pm On Jun 11
I never expected a Djoker win

But am I ecstatic he won.....we meuve

Watched that 3rd set twice already.

Best match since Djoker vs Federer at Wimbledon

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Righteousness2(m): 12:27am On Jun 12
This is Fantastic!
Clay has been Nadal's Fotress for a long time.
Impossible is nothing..
Congratulations to the Serbian

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by fergie001: 12:34am On Jun 12
unmask:
bad belle
I have been a Tsitsipas fan for years now.....I like him. tongue

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Sophiaekuto: 12:55am On Jun 12
grin grin
Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by emmabest2000(m): 12:57am On Jun 12
Nadal na his wife tete....




Congratulations dude

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by EMXTAN1(m): 12:57am On Jun 12
My gee won

We're happy
Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by LushGreenz: 12:58am On Jun 12
I don't like Novak one bit.
But I respect his tenacity on the court.

I pray Tsitsipas wins instead
.

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by popweezy(m): 12:58am On Jun 12
See the face of the Idiot that tore my ticket sad
Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by whytediamond(m): 12:59am On Jun 12
Table tennis still sweet pass lawn tennis.

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Elxandre(m): 1:06am On Jun 12
fergie001:
No way.....Tsitsipas please win the finals.
unfortunately, novak will whip him silly.
That guy is set to be the GOAT. I'm a Nadal fan but There's no stopping novak

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by fergie001: 1:07am On Jun 12
Elxandre:

unfortunately, novak will whip him silly.
That guy is set to be the GOAT. I'm a Nadal fan but There's no stopping novak
I am backing Tsitsipas abi slippers abeg...

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by MrOkenwa: 1:07am On Jun 12
Nobody rules for ever. I no de kuku understand the thing

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Lordswazz(m): 1:14am On Jun 12
Congrats Novak. The guy is special. He's so competitive and driven that Federer and Nadal have known since a decade ago that an elite player of their class has landed.

He's already one of the all-time greats. Congrats once again, champ!

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by frankson1(m): 1:16am On Jun 12
paulolee:
congrats to a djokovic for DT win because I watched d intense game n it wasnt easy beating nadal at d end..
if u want to be the best u would beat d best n I pray he goes ahead n win d finals..
its always nice seeing nadal n roger federa play tennis....both are GOAT of tennis n av done alot for d game.



I'm happy he didn't win to surpass Roger Federer... at least for now cheesy cheesy

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by frankson1(m): 1:19am On Jun 12
Elxandre:

unfortunately, novak will whip him silly.
That guy is set to be the GOAT. I'm a Nadal fan but There's no stopping novak



Novak is having a field day because my man, Roger Federer is almost 40yrs but he's a great player too. I don't have issues with him winning, I didn't want Nadal to win.

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Paxxcarl(m): 1:20am On Jun 12
Djokovic is the new god of tennis
I remember wen it was roger federer raking the grand slams
Then rafael nadal dominated afterwards

Moral lesson; life na turn by turn cheesy

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by jericco1(m): 1:26am On Jun 12
I have been a fan of Djokovic for more than a decade and I'd say this is victory for democracy. Congratulations my dear. More wins

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Xscape047: 1:30am On Jun 12
Omooh
Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by MANNABBQGRILLS: 1:37am On Jun 12
#RESPECT

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by MANNABBQGRILLS: 1:38am On Jun 12
Djokovic, the 2016 champion in Paris who had also beaten Nadal at the 2015 tournament, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's final in what will be his 29th championship match at the Slams.

From all of us @MANNABBQGRILLS : Congratulations in advance King Djokovic

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Sabadon(m): 1:40am On Jun 12
Tennis has one of the most civilised fan base in sports

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by OneCorner: 1:43am On Jun 12
All these boring games sha

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by Hotzone(m): 1:47am On Jun 12
Losing and losing seems similar
Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by projet: 2:16am On Jun 12
Shout out to Djoker dude is sweeping all slams this year,one already in the bag,two incoming,tsitsipas dont stand a chance,djoker is a tsunami disaster on the way.

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by 96ACE: 2:39am On Jun 12
When will a black boy become a Tennis Champion? Serena has done it for the ladies, we need a male to do it for the gents.

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by stayclearofme: 2:41am On Jun 12
Elxandre:

unfortunately, novak will whip him silly.
That guy is set to be the GOAT. I'm a Nadal fan but There's no stopping novak
It seems you don't know that Tsitsipas is a clay court specialist like Nadal. Clay is not even Novak best surface. Novak might win but I am not sure of him whipping him silly, it will be a though match and don't forget the word 'upset'.

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Re: Djokovic Defeats 13-time Champion Nadal In 'greatest' French Open Display by ObaElegushi9: 3:01am On Jun 12
I Always Liked this dude

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