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Two tennis gladiators, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, will meet for an unbelievable 58th time on Friday with world No 1 Djokovic presently main 29-28; it couldn’t be any nearer as they conflict on the Spaniard’s favorite clay floor on Court docket Philippe Chatrier

Final Up to date: 10/06/21 10:39pm


Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 58th time within the French Open semi-finals

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will conflict for the 58th time within the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday. The Spaniard owns a 105-2 profession file at Roland Garros. The world No 1 is answerable for one of these defeats, so can he do it once more?

Djokovic leads 29-28 and is on the lookout for his first win on clay over his nice rival in 5 years (Rome, 2016). However taking part in Nadal on Court docket Philippe Chatrier is by far the largest problem in sport.

If the Serb lets Nadal get ahead there could also be no stopping him. The 13-time champion might have seen his 36-set profitable streak come to an finish by the hands of Diego Schwartzman, however the Spaniard is a outstanding front-runner in Grand Slams, with a file of 251-5 when profitable the primary set.

A warning for Djokovic, Nadal is 13-0 in Roland Garros semi-finals. He additionally leads the world No 1 19-7 general on clay and he’s 7-1 in Paris with Djokovic’s 7-5 6-3 6-1 quarter-final victory coming in 2015. Will he repeat that well-known clay feat?

Right here, we select 5 of their most memorable battles…

2009, Madrid Masters ultimate, Nadal received 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (11-9)

Nadal won a pulsating Madrid Open final against Djokovic in 2009

Nadal received a pulsating Madrid Open ultimate towards Djokovic in 2009

The Caja Magica was the venue for one of the best three-set matches in males’s tennis historical past. Djokovic was bidding for his first win over Nadal on clay and held three match factors however, after 4 hours and two minutes, it was the Spaniard who got here out on high.

2010, US Open ultimate, Nadal received 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2

Djokovic and Nadal embrace after the Spaniard won his first Grand Slam in New York

Djokovic and Nadal embrace after the Spaniard received his first Grand Slam in New York

Their first main ultimate conflict noticed Nadal win in 4 units to finish the profession Grand Slam. Djokovic had received an epic semi-final towards Roger Federer and in the long run couldn’t fairly match his rival, whereas, maybe in an omen for this match, robust serving from the Spaniard was a key issue.

Djokovic vs Nadal: Story of the Tape

Djokovic Nadal
34 AGE 35
Serbian NATIONALITY Spanish
Marian Vajda/Goran Ivanisevic COACH Carlos Moya
6ft 2in HEIGHT 6ft 1in
1 WORLD RANKING 3
83 CAREER TITLES 88
$148million CAREER PRIZE MONEY $124.5million
18 GRAND SLAM TITLES 20
Winner (2016) FRENCH OPEN BEST Winner (2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2020)
29 HEAD-TO-HEAD WINS 28

2012, Australian Open ultimate, Djokovic received 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5

Djokovic provided us with one of the most iconic images after winning a marathon final in Melbourne

Djokovic offered us with one of the most iconic photographs after profitable a marathon ultimate in Melbourne

This was a contest that can not be forgotten. The 2 males battled one another to exhaustion over 5 hours and 53 minutes, the longest Grand Slam ultimate in historical past. Chairs have been introduced out so they didn’t have to face throughout the trophy ceremony.

2013, French Open semi-final, Nadal received 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 (3-7) 9-7

Nadal came out on top at Roland Garros, although he was pushed to the limit on his favourite surface by Djokovic

Nadal got here out on high at Roland Garros, though he was pushed to the restrict on his favorite floor by Djokovic

Djokovic had been getting nearer to Nadal at Roland Garros and this was the match that noticed them meet as equals. Djokovic led by a break within the decider as he chased the title he needed greater than every other however was penalised for leaning over the online at a key second and couldn’t maintain on.

2018, Wimbledon semi-final, Djokovic received 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9) 3-6 10-8

Djokovic won a Wimbledon classic between the two in 2018

Djokovic received a Wimbledon traditional between the 2 in 2018

This was one other traditional performed over two days as a result of of the epic battle between Kevin Anderson and John Isner that preceded it. When play was known as off for the evening, Djokovic had received a 3rd set he appeared set to lose. Nadal broke twice within the fourth set to ship the conflict right into a fifth set which had loads of twists and turns till the Serb transformed his second match level to edge a dramatic decider.

The Spaniard demolished Djokovic for the loss of seven games at Roland Garros last year

The Spaniard demolished Djokovic for the loss of seven video games at Roland Garros final yr

Their final assembly in a Grand Slam was within the ultimate of the 2020 French Open, which Nadal received towards his long-time challenger, 6-0 6-2 7-5 win, which clinched a record-extending thirteenth title and twentieth Grand Slam general for the Spaniard.

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