Saturday June 12, 2021
Djokovic worships Nadal
“The best match I’ve ever played”
The dream semifinal at the French Open surpasses all expectations: Djokovic and Nadal wrestle to the final in a four-hour epic. Both offer world-class tennis. But, for the first time since 2016, Nadal will not be the winner in Paris.
After a world-class performance against Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic wants to take it easy on the day before the final against Greek Stephanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic said late Friday evening after a 13-time win against the Paris champions. For four hours and ten minutes, two tennis superstars played a high-class game. Video makers who highlight the end of the year can now finish their work – this year is even better.
Djokovic, who fought against the French Open record holder, won 3: 6, 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 2: “won”. Here it is like climbing Mount Everest against him. “Only the third set, of course, was one of the best in tennis history, lasting 92 minutes.” It was the best match I’ve ever played in my life, “Djokovic said after changing his second match point.
In fact, since it was an advanced time after the third set, there must have been a break to send the audience home as the curfew order was coming in at 11pm. But the organizers decided not to leave the stage to the cheers of the fans. The audience thanked it with a loud song by Marcellus – there was a festive mood at the State Roland Carousel.
Nadal also enjoyed the special situation, but was eventually disappointed. “I gave everything, unfortunately it was not enough,” said the 13-time Paris Champion. For him it was only his third defeat in 108 games at the State Roland Cross. Spinard left his absolute favorite spot with great disappointment.
On Sunday, Djokovic will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final (3:00 pm on Eurosport and Service TV). Earlier on Friday afternoon, the Greeks beat German number one Alexander Sverre in five sentences. Frustrated, Sverev missed the Grand Slam final again.