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French Open Men's Singles Semi-finals 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Djokovic, Nadal to Meet in Final

News18 Sports | October 10, 2020, 02:09 IST
French Open Men's Singles Semi-finals 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Novak Djokovic reaches a fifth Roland Garros final and a 27th Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. He broke Tsitsipas thrice in the final set. Tsitsipas broke Djokovic in the end to take the fourth set 6-4 and we are going into the decider. Tsitsipas took the third set 7-5 after being a match point down. Djokovic took a two set-lead in the semi-final after taking the second set 6-2 against Tsitsipas. Djokovic took the first set against Tsitsipas 6-3 in under half an hour.

Nadal reached a 13th Roland Garros final with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(0) win over Diego Schwartzman. Schwartzman stretched Nadal a lot in that third set but the Spaniard was on top in the tiebreak and absolutely ran away with it. It was a tactical battle between the two and Nadal came out as the winner this time, avenging his Rome defeat.
Oct 10, 2020 02:09 (IST)

"Tsitsipas is a big player, tough. After almost four hours of playing, he was tired especially in the fifth set but you have to give him credit for that fight.

"I am very happy with my reaction after losing the third set. I stayed calm despite a different story inside.

"He has the motivation for the final on Sunday but this is Rafa's house after winning so many times. But he has good memories from 2015 and will try to play at his highest level to win the title."

Oct 10, 2020 02:05 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1* Tsitsipas 

Another fiery return from Djokovic gets him a third match point. And with a forehand winner, he converts it to reach his fifth French Open final!

Oct 10, 2020 02:02 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 5-1* Tsitsipas 

Tsitsipas saves another match point with a big serve. Another big first serve and forehand combination and he brings up a game point.

A double fault from Tsitsipas takes the game back to deuce. The Greek just looks worn out now.

He comes up with an ace after that to get to another game point. He misses the forehand to take it back to deuce (that could have been a great combination of not for the miss).

Oct 10, 2020 01:59 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 5-1* Tsitsipas 

An ace to start with from Tsitsipas! Tsitsipas cannot move anymore, his legs have sort of given up. That drop shot from Djokovic, and he doesn't even run for it.

Djokovic comes up with a stunning service return to go up 30-15.

Tsitsipas then comes up with a forehand winner to make it 30-30.

Another crushing service return from Djokovic gives him a second match point.

Oct 10, 2020 01:57 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 5-1* Tsitsipas

A double fault from Djokovic to start with gives Tsitsipas the first point.

However, a couple of good serves from Djokovic and he goes up 30-15. A booming forehand from the Serb takes him 40-15 up.

And a forehand long from Tsitsipas puts Djokovic just a game away from the final.

Oct 10, 2020 01:53 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 4-1* Tsitsipas 

An ace from Tsitsipas to start the game. Another drop shot from Djokovic gets him to 15-15.

Djokovic is on the rise here and Tsitsipas is looking weary now. He has a double break point here.

A double fault from the Greek and Djokovic Breaks again.

Oct 10, 2020 01:50 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 3-1* Tsitsipas

Djokovic goes up 30-0 up with drop shots being his biggest success point. A shot into the net allows Tsitsipas to come to 15-30.

Tsitsipas goes for a drop shot, Djokovic plays it across the court but this time, Tsitsipas is able to come up with the pass. 30-30 it is!

Tsitsipas misses the attempted drop shot and Djokovic has the game point.

Working Tsitsipas over Djokovic and he backs up the break with a service hold. Will that break Tsitsipas?

Oct 10, 2020 01:46 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 2-1* Tsitsipas 

Phenomenal from Tsitsipas! He relentlessly attacks Djokovic and manages to find a slice across the net to save one break point.

A magnicifent backhand slice drop shot from Djokovic and he finally breaks Tsitsipas!

Oct 10, 2020 01:43 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 1-1* Tsitsipas 

A big backhand lob miss from Djokovic and that allows Tsitsipas to get to 15-15.

Tsitsipas goes for a backhand slice drop shot but Djokovic is up to it and eventually wins the point with ease. Tsitsipas 15-30 down on his serve.

He blasts a backhand away and now, Djokovic has two more break points.

Oct 10, 2020 01:41 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 1-1* Tsitsipas

A winner from Djokovic and a wide forehand from Tsitsipas helps Djokovic up 30-0.

Djokovic goes for another drop shot and this time Tsitsipas doesn't even run for it. 40-0 up Djokovic.

He sends a forehand long and Tsitsipas gets a first point of this game.

Tsitsipas blasts that backhand away and Djokovic holds his serve.

Oct 10, 2020 01:37 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 0-1* Tsitsipas 

Another brilliant rally with Djokovic approaching the net and winning the point eventually. He has a break point here in the first game of the decider.

And Tsitsipas goes for another big forehand to save it.

A long forehand from Djokovic gets him the game point.

What an exhibition! Djokovic plays the drop shot, Tsitsipas gets the lob. Djokovic goes all the way back and play the point, Tsitsipas goes for drop shot, Djokovic plays it across the net and Tsitsipas sends the return wide. 40-40 again.

Djokovic's forehand goes wide and Tsitsipas has the game point and he converts it! He holds his serve once more!

Oct 10, 2020 01:31 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6* Tsitsipas

A double fault from Djokovic to start this game. He, however, gets to the net again and wins the point to make it 15-15.

Djokovic goes up 40-15 but Tsitsipas comes up with a beautiful drop shot and then an error from Djokovic makes it 40-40.

Djokovic's shot is wide and Tsitsipas has a break point!

Tsitsipas breaks and we are going to the fifth!

Oct 10, 2020 01:22 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-5* Tsitsipas 

A serve and forehand combination from Tsitsipas to get to game point.

What a beautiful touch at the net from Djokovic - turning defence into offence. And we are back to deuce! This fourth set has gone on another level!

Big serve from Tsitsipas and relentless hitting from him to earn that game point.

A wide service return from Djokovic and another monumental hold from Tsitsipas! Djokovic will serve to stay in the set now.

Oct 10, 2020 01:19 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-4* Tsitsipas 

A little bit of fortune for Tsitsipas as he stretched return close to the net is not responded to by Djokovic. He, however, loses the next point to make it 15-15.

He then serves up an ace to make it 30-15. Another drop shot from Djokovic gets him to 30-30.

A big serve out wide from Tsitsipas gets him to game point. However, Djokovic comes up with two big forehands to take it to deuce.

Another drop shot from Djokovic, Tsitsipas somehow returns but then can't get the second volley and Djokovic has another break point. But he saves it with a big serve!

Oct 10, 2020 01:15 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-4* Tsitsipas

A good serve from Djokovic helps him 15-0 up. Another big serve out wide gets him up to 30-0.

An untidy game from Tsitsipas! He just cannot return Djokovic's serves, even if it is a second serve.

A double fault from Djokovic gives Tsitsipas a 15-40 look. But another big serve and kill from Djokovic to hold his serve.

Oct 10, 2020 01:12 (IST)

The tennis we are seeing right from from both players, especially Stefanos Tsitsipas at break points, is simply stunning! The level of tennis is right up there.

Oct 10, 2020 01:11 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 3-4* Tsitsipas 

Tsitsipas goes for a drop shot, Djokovic replies across the court and Tsitsipas' return straight is guessed right by Djokovic to get to advantage.

A big serve by Tsitsipas and he saves another break point. 40-40 again!

What a delightful backhand down the line from Tsitsipas forces Djokovic's return way long. Tsitsipas has a game point.

And he survives! He leads in the set again. Some brilliant tennis we are witnessing here!

Oct 10, 2020 01:09 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 3-3* Tsitsipas 

A solid smash from Tsitsipas to get the first point of the game but he then makes a double fault to take the game to 15-15.

A wild backhand from Tsitsipas means Djokovic goes up 30-15.

Brave tennis from Tsitsipas, some big shots to save the break points and make it 40-40.

A booming backhand winner from Djokovic despite a good shot from Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas then stretches Djokovic on the forehand and buries the overhead to make it 40-40 again.

Oct 10, 2020 01:04 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 3-3* Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas goes for a sliced backhand to which makes an approach but doesn't do enough and Tsitsipas gets the forehand winner to make it 15-15.

Another drop shot from Djokovic and he goes up 40-15.

Djokovic holds his serve with ease here.

Oct 10, 2020 01:01 (IST)

Tsitsipas is getting the physio to do some work done on his legs. He has taken some tabs and has decided against taking a medical time-out.

Oct 10, 2020 00:59 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 2-3* Tsitsipas 

A third break point for Djokovcic with a gorgeous drop shot. Tsitsipas saves it with a huge forehand on Djokovic's forehand that the Serb stretches to but hits into the net.

Tsitsipas earns himself a game point with a big serve.

Huge, huge service hold from Tsitsipas as he takes the lead again.

Oct 10, 2020 00:57 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 2-2* Tsitsipas 

Scrappy from Tsitsipas. He misses a drop and then sends a backhand wide and Djokovic has a break point.Tsitsipas is wavering around here.

Big, big tennis from Tsitsipas! He saves the break point after Djokovic made him play 2-3 extra shots.

Djokovic gets another break point with a quality return of serve!

A stunning backhand winner from Tsitsipas, when Djokovic was completely wrong-footed anticipating the ball on his forehand. 40-40 it is!

Oct 10, 2020 00:53 (IST)

Something changed for both players at this point. Djokovic was perhaps nervous and Tsitsipas went for it with nothing to lose.

Oct 10, 2020 00:52 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 2-2* Tsitsipas

Unlucky for Tsitsipas! At 15-15, Tsitsipas goes for a drop shot and Djokovic's return just brushes the top of the tape and he gets the point. He then goes up 40-15 and then he holds his serve to stop the run from Tsitsipas!

Oct 10, 2020 00:49 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 1-2* Tsitsipas 

Two good points from Djokovic and then a bad error from Tsitsipas and Djokovic has three chances to break back immediately.

Tsitsipas saves one with Djokovic sending another backhand wide.

Tsitsipas sends the forehand long and Djokovic breaks back immediately. We are back on serve!

Oct 10, 2020 00:46 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 0-2* Tsitsipas

Steadiness from Tsitsipas! He sends a winner to get the first point of the game. That would irritate Djokovic!

A third double fault from Djokovic and Tsitsipas is 30-0 up. A little window for the Greek!

Djokovic sends a forehand wide and then goes for a drop shot against Tsitsipas' return but Tsitsipas returns it with an angle close to the net. A triple break point for the Greek here!

Djokovic serves out wide, Tsitsipas returns and Djokovic sends his backhand wide. That a break for Tsitsipas! What a scintillating shift of momentum this is!

Oct 10, 2020 00:42 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 0-1* Tsitsipas 

Tsitsipas misses an attempted backhand slice drop shot and Djokovic has the break point. Will the Greek give the momentum back to the Serb here?

A gutsy loppy forehand return from Tsitsipas and Djokovic makes a strange error to hit the forehand into the net. Back to deuce!

Djokovic goes for a backhand down the line and Tsitsipas gets an angled forehand return that Djokovic hits into the net. Game point no.2 for Tsitsipas!

He holds his serve as Djokovic sends the service return wide and long.

Oct 10, 2020 00:39 (IST)

Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 0-0* Tsitsipas 

It took just a little bit of a drop from Djokovic, some nervousness from the world No.1 and Tsitsipas was able to cash on that to force a fourth set. It will be interesting to see how the Greek and the Serb go on from here.

Tsitsipas was a game point up but wasn't clinical on the net and Djokovic anticipates the approach and gets a pass to make it 40-40.

A stunning backhand winner from Tsitsipas to get to advantage. Djokovic, however, stretches him on the forehand and his squash-like return is long. 40-40 it is again!

Oct 10, 2020 00:35 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 0-0* Tsitsipas

Another backhand exchange goes Tsitsipas' way and he has a second set point!

He gets a brilliant forehand winner to take the set and force a fourth set after being a match point down!

What a turnaround!

Oct 10, 2020 00:30 (IST)

Djokovic  6-3, 6-2, 5-6* Tsitsipas

A beautiful backhand winner down-the-line from Tsitsipas gets him to 15-30.

Great pressuring tennis from Tsitsipas. He sends a forehand close to the line on Djokovic's backhand and then comes forward to stretch Djokovic on the other hand to get an error. 30-30 it is!

A backhand slice from Tsitsipas and Djokovic reaches in time but cannot get the volley. Tsitsipas has the break point!

A huge forehand from Djokovic to set up an overhead to win the point. 40-40 it is!

French Open Men's Singles Semi-finals 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Djokovic, Nadal to Meet in Final
Novak Djokovic (L) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Djokovic was cruising towards a straight sets win before Tsitsipas turned on the screws and cashed on a moment of nervousness from Djokovic to eventually stretch the game to five sets. Tsitsipas showed great character and the tennis was top notch but Djokovic showed the champion that he is and ran on with the fatigue that Tsitsipas felt in the final set and got to the final.

"It's always a special moment to play and win here. To be in another Roland Garros final is special to me," Nadal said after reaching yet another French Open final to stay on course for a 13th title in Paris. Even though Schwartzman tried to stretch him, Nadal was very much on top of his game and took it in straight sets. He would be happy to see the second semi-final going all the way and would be hoping to meet a fatigued Djokovic.