Nadal claims marathon-win over Djokovic in French Open Quarterfinals

Nadal claims marathon-win over Djokovic in French Open Quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal secured his 15th semifinals appearance after edging archrival Novak Djokovic in an epic quarterfinals clash in the early hours of Wednesday.

The No.5 seed won a breathtaking tiebreak in the fourth set to wrap up the victory in four hours and 12 minutes at 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4).

The win helped the King of Clay improve his record against the Serbian to 29-30, and a dominating 8-2 at Roland Garros. They have played more than any other two men have played each other in the sport’s professional history.

“Of course, we have a lot of history together. A lot of important moments playing against each other. In that case, it’s always a special match play against Novak,” said Nadal, who is seeking a record-extending 14th French Open title, and 22nd for Grand Slam.

The 35-year-old has lost just three of his 113 matches on the clay major, of which Djokovic is responsible for two.

Djokovic, after losing the first set 6-2, bounced back in the second, during which he erased a double-break deficit to take the set in 88 minutes. But the third turned out to be a repeat of the first.

Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic – Quarterfinals Highlights

Video Credits: Roland Garros

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