Sprinting, sliding and stretching, anticipating each other’s moves for four sets and more than four hours, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal produced a masterpiece in the French Open semi-finals as they clashed for the 58th time on Friday. The match awed not just fans, but Indian cricketers too.
Djokovic, as it happens, is one of only two men in tennis history who knows what it takes to beat Nadal at Roland Garros. And now Djokovic has done it twice, this time ending Nadal’s bid for a 14th championship there and record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title overall, by coming back to win their 58th career matchup 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Friday night.
Dinesk Karthik took to Twitter to praise the match. He said, “If anyone ever wants to know what “NOT GIVING UP” in sport means, plz switch on tele and watch these two legends play.If you’ve slept in India already,please watch this match in replay,Highlights will never ever do justice to this quality of tennis.#frenchopen2021 #NadalDjokovic.”
Cricketer Washington Sundar wrote: “Nadal losing the semifinal at Roland Garros after being one set UP
Inhuman effort for every single point though #NadalDjokovic.”
“This is not just tennis! This is bench marking of the highest order. #NovakvsNadal #RolandGarros,” said Ravichandran Ashwin.
The edge-of-the-seat kind of semifinals which saw the two ace tennis players is being lauded by fans worldwide and called ‘the best match in the history of tennis’. Check reactions below: