Novak Djokovic has only given up 13 times for his third defeat to defending champion Rafael Nadal on Friday with his 108 defeats in the French Open on Friday and his sixth final at Roland Garros in an epic clash as he overcame the country’s Covid-19 cover. In his 58th career at Clash, Djokovic won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 and continued on his way to capturing dominance on the 19th and became the first man over 50 to win all four was. Slams twice. Djokovic, the 2016 Paris champion, also won Nadal in the 2015 tournament and will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final of the 29th Slams Championship.
Tsitsipas became the first Greek to reach the Grand Slam final earlier with a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Alexander Zverev of Germany.
Nadal, 35, who would be the oldest finalist at the French Open in the modern era, remains tied with Roger Federer in the top 20.
“It was a privilege to face Rafa in a unique match,” Djokovic said after a lively four-hour, 11-minute action.
“It’s been my biggest game tonight in Paris.”
He scored his second victory in eight meetings in Paris with Nadal, who also lost three in the Final.
It was Nadal’s first defeat in the 14 finals in the French capital.
“It’s probably not the best day of the year, even if you fight,” Nadal said.
“Sometimes you win, other times you lose. I had a great chance. There were some crazy points but there was fatigue.”
Djokovic scored 50 winners; Nadal necessarily made 55 mistakes in the so-called Relentless Assault.
Djokovic scored two points in the opening game of the first set, which lasted 10 minutes but could not be converted.
Nadal paid for it, taking a 5-0 lead before qualifying for first place.
Djokovic held on, regaining a break to reach 2-5 but Nadal finally prevailed after an hour on the court, even though he needed seven set points before.
As a sign of the tension of the occasion, Nadal complained to referee Eva Asderaki-Moore that he needed more time to collect the towel.
Djokovic took off with the amount of clay in his line.
The old rivals exchanged breaks in the second and third games of a great second set, but it was Djokovic who repeated the feat before tying the score at 4-2.
Djokovic took the lead twice in the third set, breaking Nadal in the 10th game when he filled the set in first place in the world.
Djokovic had to save a set point with a frozen shot in Game 12.
“You can’t play clay tennis more than this. It’s perfect,” tweeted Andy Murray.
In the 92nd minute, Djokovic equalized.
After another turn in a dramatic evening, the 5,000 spectators at Court Philippe Chatrier were able to see the outcome of the match despite overcoming the Covid-19 premiere at 11pm.
“Agree with the national authorities, the match will end with your presence,” the stadium announcer told fans who are happy.
Nadal broke in the first game of the fourth set but Djokovic equalized 2-2 and won 4-2 again.
He finished in the second game when Nadal hit long and wide.
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