In their 58th profession conflict, Djokovic triumphed 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 and stays on the right track to seize a nineteenth main and turn into the primary man in over 50 years to win all 4 Slams twice.
Djokovic, the 2016 champion in Paris who had additionally overwhelmed Nadal on the 2015 event, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s closing in what will probably be his twenty ninth championship match on the Slams.
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Tsitsipas had earlier turn into the primary Greek to achieve a Grand Slam closing with a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
Nadal, 35, who would have been the oldest finalist on the French Open in the trendy period, stays tied on 20 majors with Roger Federer.
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“It was a privilege to face Rafa in such an incredible match,” mentioned Djokovic after 4 hours and 11 minutes of intense motion.
“Tonight it was my greatest ever match in Paris.”
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It was his second win in eight conferences in Paris with Nadal, a sequence which additionally included three losses in finals.
It was Nadal’s first defeat in 14 semi-finals in the French capital.
“Probably it was not my best day today, even if I fought,” mentioned Nadal.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I had a big chance. There were some crazy points but there was fatigue there.”
Djokovic completed with 50 winners; Nadal dedicated 55 unforced errors beneath the relentless assault.
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Djokovic had two break factors in the opening sport of the primary set which stretched to 10 minutes however was unable to transform.
Nadal made him pay, sprinting away for a 5-0 lead earlier than the highest seed received on the board.
Djokovic clung on, retrieving one break to get to 2-5 however Nadal finally prevailed after one hour on courtroom even when he required seven set factors to edge forward.
As an indication of the stress of the event, Nadal complained to chair umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore that he wanted extra time to gather his towel.
Djokovic aired his bemusement on the quantity of clay on the baselines.
The previous rivals exchanged breaks in the second and third video games of an enormous-hitting second set nevertheless it was Djokovic who repeated the feat for a 4-2 lead earlier than levelling the tie.
Twice in the third set Djokovic edged forward, solely to be reeled again in by Nadal who broke again in the tenth sport because the world primary served for the set.
Djokovic then needed to save a set level with an ice-cool drop shot in the twelfth sport.
“You cannot play better clay court tennis than this. It’s perfect,” tweeted Andy Murray.
A 92-minute third set ended with Djokovic taking the tiebreak.
In an extra twist on a dramatic night, the 5,000 spectators inside Court Philippe Chatrier had been allowed to observe the conclusion of the match regardless of it passing the 11pm Covid-19 curfew.
“In agreement with the national authorities, the match will come to an end in your presence,” mentioned a stadium announcer instructed delighted followers.
Nadal then broke in the primary sport of the fourth set however Djokovic levelled for two-2 and broke once more for 4-2.
He completed it off on a second match level when Nadal hit huge and lengthy.