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French Open 2021 Men's Singles Semi-final HIGHLIGHTS: Djokovic Stuns Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 to Face Tsitsipas in Final

French Open 2021 Men's Singles Semi-final Highlights: Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 5-2 to set up a final against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Roland Garros.

News18 Sports | June 12, 2021, 03:00 IST

French Open 2021 Men’s Singles Semi-final Highlights: Novak Djokovic has done the unthinkable, he has beaten Rafael Nadal in his ‘living room.’ It’s only the third time Nadal has lost at his favorite tournament. Djokovic is responsible for two of those defeats. In fact, terrific as the play was for most of the four hours, the match ended with a bit of a whimper: Djokovic grabbed the last six games. Djokovic won the French Open in 2016 and could join Rod Laver and Roy Emerson as the only men to win each of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice.  Earlier, after surviving the battle of 3 hours and 37 minutes, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached his first Grand Slam title. He also became the first Greek to reach a Grand Slam final. the Greek won the bruising five-setter match 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3. Meanwhile,  the pair of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have won the first semi-final of the day as they beat Magda Linette/Bernanrda Pera 6-1, 6-2 to enter the women’s doubles final. They will face Iga Swiatek/Bethanie Mattek-Sands who beat Irina-Camelia Begu/Nadia Podoroska 6-3, 6-4. Krejcikova could become the first woman since Mary Pierce of France in 2000 to clinch both the singles and doubles French Open titles.

The French Open semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was given permission to be concluded in front of spectators on Friday despite the tie exceeding an 11 pm Covid-19 curfew.

“In agreement with the national authorities, the match will come to an end in your presence,” said a stadium announcer to 5,000 spectators on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Jun 12, 2021 03:00 (IST)

That's all from us tonight, see you'll tomorrow, wait today for the women's singles final! Good night!

Jun 12, 2021 02:58 (IST)
French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic Beats Rafael Nadal to Set up Final vs Stefanos Tsitsipas

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 5-2 to set up a final against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Roland Garros.

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Jun 12, 2021 02:47 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has looked off colour today or he has been simply outplayed by his Serb opponent. He toyed with Djokovic in the first set, in the first 5 games after that it has been all Djokovic. The Serb has displayed some insane level of tennis and now is just a game away from the final

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 5-2 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 02:42 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic is now just two games away from the French Open final. He wins the fourth game ina row

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 4-2 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 02:30 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

So, after winning the first two set pretty comfortably, Nadal was blown away in Djokovic's service game. A series of brutal shots made it 40-0 and he packs the set clean.

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 1-2 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 02:14 (IST)

Here's set three by numbers!

Jun 12, 2021 02:13 (IST)

It has been an incredible match of tennis and Novak Djokovic has played like world number one.

Jun 12, 2021 02:11 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

The world number one has done it! He is now 2-1 ahead in the semi-final. Also, the crowd is going to stay in tonight it seems

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 02:00 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

The world number one stays alive! At 30-30 Rafa hits a forehand wide and Novak has an excellent chance to send this set to a tiebreak. But he is forced into a second serve, which Nadal capitalises on and gobbles up a forehand for deuce. Then somehow Nadal is at break point. But Djokovic fights back and wins it
Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-6 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 01:51 (IST)
Jun 12, 2021 01:49 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Some game of tennis that was by both the players! No one was ready to leave an inch of space for the other but finally Nadal took the lead with a superb serve.
Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 5-6 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 01:40 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal survives! He wins the 10th game of the set, the scoreline read 5-5. Is this the openinig that Rafa has been looking for?
Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 5-5 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 01:34 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

A relatively confortable service game for Nadal, which has been a rare thing in this set. Djokovic will be serving to take the lead in the match. A much-deserving lead.

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 5-4 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 01:30 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Unforced Error counts in the third set - Djokovic: 5 | Nadal: 16

Novak Djokovic is running away with the game now, or at least it looks like at this moment. A big reason for that is the stat mentioned above.

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 5-3 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 01:20 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Djokovic took the lead with a cross-court shot then went onto a 30-0 lead following an unforced error by the Spaniard. Another error saw Djoker get 40-0 ahead and won the game.

 
Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 4-3 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 01:17 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Nadal got an early lead but Djokovic won a 23-shot rally to make it 40-40 then Rafael NAdal won the third break point of the game to make it 3-3 in the third set

 
Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 3-3 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 01:07 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

I think it is fair to say that Rafael Nadal is struggling! Too many unforced errors by the Spaniard. Djokovic breaks to a 3-2 lead. There were two break points, Rafa saved the first with a drop shot but during the second, his backhand went long as Djokovic takes his third break.

 
Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 3-2 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 01:00 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal's unforced error counts 31 now as compared to Djokovic's 22. The momentum is with Novak as he wins the fourth game of teh set. Is he on course of doung the unthinkable?

 
Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 2-2 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 00:56 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

What a game of tennis this has been! Rafa ruled the first set till 5-0 after which Djokovic has been calling the shots. We are in the third game of the third set and it is too early to call who will wion this match. While Djokovic is clearly in the driver's seat but it'll be foolish to count out Rafael Nadal, that too on clay. But it looks like Djokovic has all the answers to Rafa's questions. Also, the last time Djokovic won a match against Rafa at the French Open it was in the semi-final stage.

 
Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 2-1 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 00:46 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic is right back in teh game as he blows away Rafa in his service game. The Serb is too hot handle for Rafa now!

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 0-1 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 00:45 (IST)

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Game 1 of the third set goes to Rafael Nadal, as the Spaniard wins his service game

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 0-1 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 00:43 (IST)

Here's what Somdev Devvarman has to say about this match!

Jun 12, 2021 00:40 (IST)

Set two in numbers!

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Serving for the set, Djokovic he started with a huge forehand. Nadal made it 15-30 with a lovely dipping backhand to win a point it looked like he would lost when Djokovic had him scurrying around court, and soon we’re at 30-40. The game goes to deuce and then  a mishit from Rafa seals the set for Djokovic!

Djokovic 3-6, 6-3 Nadal

Jun 12, 2021 00:30 (IST)
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Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal finally wins a game in the second set with a good service game. Djokovic will now be serving for the set.

 
Djokovic 3-6, 5-3 Nadal

French Open 2021 Men's Singles Semi-final HIGHLIGHTS: Djokovic Stuns Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 to Face Tsitsipas in Final
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When and where will the French Open 2021 be played?

The French Open 2021 main-draw action begins on Sunday, May 30 and will run until Sunday, June 13, in Paris, France.

Where do I watch the matches live on television?

The year’s second Grand Slam will be telecasted live on Star Sports Select network. The matches will start at 9:30 PM IST (6:00 PM local time) every day.

Where can I watch the live streaming of the matches?

The action can also be streamed LIVE on Disney+ Hotstar in the sub-continent.

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