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Rafael Nadal advances to the French Open semi-finals after defeating Novak Djokovic

Roland Garros — Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal defeated longtime rival Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garos early Wednesday to advance to the semifinals at the French Open.

The 59th installment of the famous rivalry between two successive tennis greats, with Nadal winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4), was another thriller.

The quarter-final match, which ended after 1 am local time in Paris, lasted more than four hours and was one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament.

The 35-year-old Spaniard wants a record 14th French Open title and a record 22nd major title.

Nadal will face Germany’s Alex Zverev in the semi-finals. World No. 3 Zverev moved forward after defeating 19-year-old Spaniards and world No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz in four sets on Tuesday.

In their direct match, more than any other two in the professional era of sports, Nadal defeated Djokovic 29 times and Djokovic won 30 times.

And during Nadaru’s long and illustrious career, he played 113 games at Roland Garros, winning 110 of them. Djokovic is responsible for two of these three defeats in Paris.

But will this year’s French Open be the last of Nadal? The 13 French Open champions dealing with persistent foot injuries do not seem certain.

After winning five sets against Felix Auger Aliassime in the 16th round on Sunday, Nadal said: So I enjoy the fact that I’ve been here for another year. To be honest, I don’t know if every match I play here will be the last match. Roland Garros in my tennis career. “

Following a four-set victory with Djokovic, he told reporters that he was “one of these unforgettable nights” and was trying to “play this tournament in the best possible conditions.” Told.

“The audience has been great since the start of the tournament,” Nadal said. “I don’t know. I think they know that I’ll probably never come here (many times).”

Nadal was asked if he had an additional emotional burden, knowing that one of the matches could be his last.

“I don’t know what will happen. As I said before, I’m preparing to play this tournament, so I think I’m going to play this tournament, but I don’t know what will happen. It will happen after here.” He said.

“I have something at my feet, so if I can’t find an improvement or a small solution to it, it’s going to be very difficult for me.”

Nadal said he enjoys every day at Roland Garros “without thinking too much about what will happen in the future” and “continues to fight to find a solution.”

After the match, Djokovic congratulated Nadal and said, “I’ve shown why he’s a great champion. He remained mentally tough and finished the match like him.”

The best in the world said, “I did my best,” but “I should have been able to play better.”

“I’m proud to fight and stay until the last shot. As I said, today I lost to a better player … more than 4 hours of fighting, and I’m this defeat Must be accepted. “— CNN

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