Saturday June 12th, 2021 – 05:22 AM
The Spaniard Rafael Nadal, thirteen times crowned on Parisian clay and in search of a 21st record trophy in the Grand Slam, was eliminated on Friday by the world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open.
The Spaniard lost in four sets 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 after a fight of more than 4 hours.
This is only the Spaniard’s third defeat in 108 matches at Roland Garros. Djokovic, already winner in Paris in 2016, will face the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) in the final on Sunday and will aim for a 19th Grand Slam title, to return to a length of the record co-held by Roger Federer and Nadal.
Djokovic will also seek to become the first player in the Open era, and only the third in history (after Emerson and Laver), to win at least twice each of the four Grand Slam trophies.