World number one Novak Djokovic has qualified for the final of Roland-Garros on Friday. In an epic duel, the 34-year-old Serb won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) and 6-2 against Spanish defending champion Rafael Nadal (ATP-3). After only 4 hours 11 minutes was the final score on the board.
French authorities allowed the public to stay in the stadium after the curfew. A curfew has been in place in Paris since 11 p.m., but Djokovic and Nadal were still fully engaged in their Titanic battle.
Djokovic’s first reaction was, ‘It was one of the best matches I’ve ever played and the atmosphere was incredible. “It’s not easy to win against Nadal on his track. It’s very special.’
Nadal won the final against Djokovic last year and his fourth consecutive win at Roland-Garros for the thirteenth time. It is only the fourth time out of seventeen competitions that it has not won the tournament. Djokovic can win the Clay Grand Slam for the second time. In 2016, when Nadal was injured in the third round, he defeated Scotsman Andy Murray in the final. He finished runner-up three times four times after the final against Nadal.
This time Djokovic will give a match to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP-5) in the final. The 22-year-old Greek defeated German Alexander Zverev (ATP-6) in 3 hours 37 minutes 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6 and 6-3 to qualify for his first Grand Slam final. .