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DJOKOVIC AND NADAL CLOSE IN ON FRENCH OPEN BLOCKBUSTER

by | Jun 9, 2021 | Sports | 0 comments

Spain’s Rafael Nadal – Photo Credit: Pixabay

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal set up a blockbuster French Open semi-final clash on Wednesday in Paris as both men close in on rewriting the tennis record books.

Djokovic, world number one, the 2016 champion, and an 18-time Grand Slam title winner, faces Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini.

Victory on Wednesday would put Djokovic into a 40th Grand Slam semi-final.

Berrettini has been solid on clay this year, finishing runner-up in Belgrade and Madrid but the highest-ranked player he has faced in Paris is his third round opponent, Kwon Soon-woo, world number 91.

Nadal, who is bidding to capture a 14th Roland Garros and record-setting 21st major, is on a run of 35 consecutive winning sets at the French Open. The reigning champion meets Argentine 10th seed Diego Schwartzman and boasts a 10-1 record over Schwartzman, including a straight sets win in the semi-finals of last year’s delayed French Open.

A victory for Nadal would put him into the last four at a Slam for the 35th time.

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