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
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