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French Open, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Highlights: Rafael Nadal beats world number 1 Novak Djokovic to enter semifinals

French Open, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Tennis Highlights: The 13-time French champion is chasing a record-extending 22nd men’s Grand Slam title.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 1, 2022 4:44:37 pm
Rafael Nadal vs Novak DjokovicRafael Nadal has beaten Novak Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in a monumental match.

French Open, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal match highlights:  Is Nadal on course for a 22nd grand slam and a 14th French Open? That would mean Djokovic would need to win three more to overtake him. Djokovic’s game tonight was riddled with errors. The drop shots worked, but points he should have easily put away were instead thrown away.  Djokovic did briefly turn the tables on Nadal by winning six of the last seven games in the second set to go one set all and put the match in the balance. But even with the temperatures dropping and his desired spin missing, Nadal held on and ground out a good win to advance to the semifinals.


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French Open, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Tennis Highlights:

04:52 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Nadal says fought till end

"To play against Novak it is only one way. You fight in the first point and the last," says Nadal.

04:48 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Vamos Nadal!

Nadal wraps this up without giving Djokovic the chance to test his luck in the fifth set. Nole immediately heads for the exit. Nadal will savour this one. Vamos!

04:43 (IST)01 Jun 2022

Five match points for Nadal. A remarkable comeback indeed. But wait, Djokovic pulls back two points. It is now 3-6. Nadal to serve. 

04:42 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Mistakes undo Djokovic's game

These mistakes by Djokovic will haunt him. He gave away several cheap points. Nadal leads the tie breaker by 5-1.

04:36 (IST)01 Jun 2022

The fourth set will be decided by a tie breaker! Yes, you heard it right. Djokovic needs this to stay in the game and Nadal to wrap this up early and call it a night. 

04:35 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Four hours and counting

Did I say earlier that this fourth set was a breeze in comparison to the first three? Forget it. We just hit the four-hour mark and we are yet to wrap up the fourth set or, perhaps, match.

04:31 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Drop FTW!

Oh! That drop shot again from Djokovic! Lovely, lovely soft hands from the Serb, who majestically slices the air to angle his bat in anticipation for that Nadal return shot. 

04:28 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Nadal stages his own mini comeback

Nadal makes it 5-5. He has a determined look on his face, unlike Djokovic who looks somewhat deflated at the moment. Remember the World No 1 was leading 4-1 at one point in this set. 

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04:23 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Nadal makes it 4-5 against Djokovic

And Nadal survives and how? How I tell you, it is Djokovic unforced errors hurting his game again. He needs to convert these tight points into winners to have any chance of taking this to the fifth set. Djokovic leads 5-4. Nadal to serve. 

04:18 (IST)01 Jun 2022

Djokovic nervously taps the ball for what seemed like forever after a faulty first serve. The nervousness is visible. An enforced error by the Serb makes it 30-30.  Then he goes on to throw away a set point bringing Nadal back into this game. 

04:13 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Nadal still favourtie

Nadal has an edge over Djokovic, it is still his match to lose.

04:09 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Djokovic leads fourth set 5-2

Fans of both players briefly got into a cheering contest before the umpire intervened and asked the raucous crowd to settle down. So far Djokovic is running away with this fourth set unless Nadal finds something in his reserves. 

04:01 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Will this go to the fifth set?

The good news: this set has progressed quickly without any lengthy rallies. The bad news: This is likely to go to the fifth set. As things stand, Djokovic is leading 4-1 with Nadal to serve. 

03:50 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Nadal trails 3-0 in fourth set

Nadal drops serve, giving Djokovic a 2-0 lead. The Serb will look to tighten the screws after getting a head start in the fourth set. Once again there appears to be a shift in momentum. He stays true to his form and wins the third game too. This match has five sets written all over it.

03:44 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Angry Djokovic

Oh my! Djokovic is angry with himself after nearly coming close to returning a cross-court smash from Nadal. The Serb angrily lashes at the net with his racquet. 

03:42 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Djokovic holds serve

Djokovic holds serve for the first time after losing the first game of the last three sets. One of his drop shot winner even impressed Nadal to the point that he applauded with his racquet in one hand. 

03:36 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Nadal wins third set 6-2

Unforced errors are hurting Djokovic's game. Trailing 30-40 in the eight game, he hits the ball wide and outside the line. Nadal takes the third set and leads the match 2-1. 

03:28 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Nadal poised to win third set

Nadal makes a quick work of that game and extends his lead to 5-1. This is almost an unassailable lead, he is poised to comfortably take the third set. Nadal will serve for the third set.

03:24 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Nadal leads third set 4-1

A double fault hands Nadal a break point. And Djokovic then hands him a double break. Nadal leads 4-1 against Djokovic. 

03:22 (IST)01 Jun 2022
Helicopter shot?

Did I just see Nadal do a tennis version of the helicopter shot? A ferocious forehand sent the ball racing down the line and the swing saw his racquet whip back behind his head. 

French Open, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal:

French Open 2022: Night scheduling of Djokovic-Nadal blockbuster may tilt the scales in the Serb’s favour

Djokovic would prefer the slower and cooler conditions of the night, while Nadal would rather play in the day.

Following the conclusion of his third-round victory at Roland Garros this year, Novak Djokovic was clear in his preference for the scheduling of a potential quarterfinal clash against Rafael Nadal. “All I’ll say is that Rafa and I might make totally different requests,” the Serb said.

The scheduling of the biggest showpiece tennis match of the year has come into question considering it can be hugely significant in declaring a favourite. Djokovic would prefer the slower and cooler conditions of the night, while Nadal would rather play in the day. In fact, the Spaniard does not believe claycourt tennis should be played at night at all. “I don’t like night session on clay. I am very clear with that,” he told reporters following his third-round win last week. (READ MORE)

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First published on: 31-05-2022 at 11:01:36 pm