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French Open 2021 Match Highlights, men's semi-finals: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to enter final

French Open 2021: Follow live score and updates from the men's semi-finals featuring Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal.

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French Open 2021 Match Highlights, men's semi-finals: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to enter final

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June 12, 2021 - 03:14 (IST)

Djokovic vs Tsitsipas in the final

So the men's singles final will see Novak Djokovic take on Stefanos Tsitsipas. There will be no Rafael Nadal who has finally been conquered. His record now reads 105-3. But before we get to that final on Sunday, we have the women's final today featuring Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Barbora Krejcikova. Join us tomorrow. Good night!

June 12, 2021 - 02:54 (IST)

Nadal: 105-3

Rafael Nadal has been beaten for just the third time at the French Open. He has now been beaten once by Robin Soderling and twice by Novak Djokovic. This is his first defeat since 2015. What a run!

June 12, 2021 - 02:53 (IST)

Game, set, match Novak Djokovic!

Novak Djokkovic is into the French Open final after beating Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in four hours and 11 minutes. What a thrilling match. Both players were incredible. Quite possibly the best match in recent memory at the French Open. He still has one more to win to take the title.

June 12, 2021 - 02:51 (IST)

Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Nadal serving to stay in the match and in the French Open. He starts with a double fault, third of the set and eighth overall. Djokovic with massive forehand to catch Nadal off and on to 0-30 we go. Nadal misses a backhand now and Djokovic has three match points. Nadal saves one with a forehand winner. Nadal looks to find the sideline on the backhand but misses. Novak Djokovic is through to the French Open final

June 12, 2021 - 02:47 (IST)

Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 5-2 *Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Just when it looked like Rafael Nadal looked down. Injured. He rocks into his forehand smacks an unreturnable shot. Crowd roars and chants "Rafa! Rafa! Rafa!" But Djokovic not giving an inch either. Finds the angles and the lines perfectly on the next point to force a mistake. At 15-30, a double fault from Djokovic. Just his third of the match. Djokovic with the perfect response again. Angled serve, reduced pace and Nadal can't connect properly. At 40-30, Djokovic with a drop shot winner. How on earth are these two real!

June 12, 2021 - 02:42 (IST)

Novak Djokovic* 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 4-2 Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Novak Djokovic is in serious form right now. Even if it is Nadal across the net. Finding the lines, testing the line officials by going to extreme depths. Nadal with a near mishit, didn't catch it properly and it goes wide. And that brings with a break point for Djokovic. He is 6/19 break points tonight. This time, too, Djokovic hits the line. Fourth time in the game that Djokovic has hit the line. BREAK! Four straight games for Djokovic.

June 12, 2021 - 02:37 (IST)

This is not the tennis we play. It is something else...

June 12, 2021 - 02:36 (IST)

Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 3-2 *Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

From being broken fairly easily at the start of the fourth set, Djokovic has picked up remarkably. He now holds to love with two aces in it

June 12, 2021 - 02:34 (IST)

Pretty much all of us!

June 12, 2021 - 02:33 (IST)

Novak Djokovic* 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 2-2 Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Been a strange day. Nadal has had way too many unforced errors and now seven double faults. Djokovic on to the serve in a flash, Nadal gets one back but not the second. Two break points. BROKEN! Nadal sends his backhand long and the fourth set is back on serve

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal clash for the 58th time on Friday on the same court where they first met 15 years ago with a place in the French Open final at stake.

It is tennis's greatest modern rivalry between two men who have harvested 38 Grand Slam titles and 72 Masters between them.

Djokovic has spent more weeks at world number one than any other player while 13-time French Open winner Nadal has not been out of the top 10 in 16 years.

Nadal will start Friday's semi-final as favourite, buoyed by his record of 105 wins and just two losses in his Roland Garros career.

The 35-year-old also has the edge over Djokovic on clay with a 19-7 career lead and 7-1 in Paris.

Djokovic hasn't beaten Nadal on the surface since Rome in 2016.

This match-up overshadows Friday's other semi-final between Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany.

They have met seven times but just once on clay in Madrid in 2019 when Tsitsipas triumphed.

The 22-year-old Tsitsipas is in his third successive semi-final at the Slams and took Djokovic to five sets in the last four at Roland Garros in 2020.

He arrived in Paris with clay court titles this year in Monte Carlo and Lyon and had a match point to beat Nadal in the Barcelona final.

Zverev is in his first semi-final at Roland Garros having almost fallen at the first hurdle against 152nd-ranked compatriot Oscar Otte.

(inputs from AFP)

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