2022 – French Open: Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic in a late-night thriller

events: May 22 – June 5 place: Roland Garros, Paris
Coverage: Live transcript and radio commentary for selected matches on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and app

Rafael Nadal once again showed why he is the greatest player in French Open history by defeating longtime rival Novak Djokovic in a late-night thriller to reach the men’s singles semi-finals.

Nadal, who is targeting his 14th title, made a great start after defying defending champion Djokovic to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) at Roland Garros.

Nadal took the win at 1:16 a.m. local time after more than four hours on court.

The 21-time Grand Slam winner now meets third-placed Alexander Zverev on Friday.

German Zverev, 25, reached the semi-finals for the second successive season, having survived a rebellion by young Carlos Alcaraz earlier on Tuesday.

“To beat Novak, there is only one way: to do your best from the first point to the last point,” said Nadal, who thanked Chatrier’s viewers for showing their “love.”

“This is one of those magical nights for me.”

Nadal’s victory avenged his semi-final loss to Djokovic last year and extended his historic record at Roland Garros to 110 wins in 113 matches.

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