Paris (AP) – The two best tennis players in the world, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, are just one win away from a final game at the French Open.
The world’s number one Djokovic won in a new edition of the canceled US Open round of 16 against Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta after losing a set 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 3, 6: 4. It was the tenth time that the 33-year-old Serbian reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros.
There Djokovic will meet the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday. The other semi-finals will be contested by twelve-time tournament winner Nadal from Spain and Diego Schwartzman. The 1.70 meter tall Argentinian had beaten the US Open winner and last year’s finalist Dominic Thiem from Austria the night before.
Djokovic is aiming for his 18th Grand Slam title in Paris, Nadal his 19th. The list of victories (20) in the four main tournaments is headed by Swiss veteran Roger Federer. The Swiss ended his season prematurely after knee surgery.
In New York, Djokovic was disqualified from the game against Carreño Busta for hitting a ball in anger and hitting a linesman. Also this time it did not go optimally for the Serb at first. Against the number 17 on the placement list, he lost his first set in this year’s tournament, but then steadily improved, turning his first match point into victory at 3:10 p.m.
A final between Djokovic and number two in the world Nadal is getting closer. The Majorcan had only won 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner on Wednesday morning and then criticized the game plan. Nadal questioned the fact that there were five singles on center court. ‘That was a risk. But the problem is the weather. It’s too cold to play tennis, isn’t it? ” He said at the press conference that started just before 2am.
He knows that professional footballers also have to play under such circumstances. “But they move all the time. We have interruptions, we switch sides. I think it’s a little bit dangerous for the body,” said Nadal, who did not go to the US Open as the defending champion recently.