Earthquake at Roland Garros: Rafael Nadal, thirteen times crowned on Parisian clay and in search of a 21st record trophy in Grand Slam, was overthrown by world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in four sets , 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) 6-2, in 4:11 ‘this Friday.
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 in the final on Sunday and will aim for a 19th Grand Slam title, to return to a length of the record jointly held by Roger Federer and Nadal.
The waiver of discord
The match between the two giants of world tennis mostly ended after 11 p.m. However, the public was able to witness the end of the meeting thanks to a derogation granted by “national authorities”.