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Nadal and Djokovic set to clash for semi-final berth today at French Open

By wasmulhaq 
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Paris: French Open tennis has entered the quarterfinal stage. Rafael Nadal has been gearing up to take on long-time rival Novak Djokovic on Tuesday night at Roland Garros.

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The two champions are ready to leave no stone unturned. The rivalry between the two tennis legends has been continuing for the last 16 years. The two giants would like to battle it out at the historic Roland Garros court to secure a semi-final berth.

The mouth-watering encounter today will be their 16th clash in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros. Nadal, the king of Ronald Garros, has an excellent record with 109 wins and just three losses in Paris, the French capital.

The Spaniard had to sweat a lot in the fourth round when the young Felix Auger-Aliassime stretched him into the fifth set. Nadal has been the leading Grand Slam title holder. He has secured 21 titles. Djokovic and Fedrer are just behind him. Both have lifted the coveted title 20 times.

In head-to-head clashes, Djokovic is ahead of Nadal. The Serbians led the Spaniards 30-28. The first meeting between the two tennis icons took place at the 2006 French Open.

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But on the clay court, Nadal is leading by 19-8 and has won seven out of their nine meetings at the French Open. At the outset, it seems Nadal has an edge over Djokovic in today’s encounter. However, Djokovic knocked down his nemesis in the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2021 to win his second title in Paris.

Novak Djokovic has been in supreme form in this year’s French Open, having won all his matches so far without losing a set. The world number one started his 2022 campaign with a disappointment. The Serbian player was deported from the Australian Open amidst his unvaccinated status with Covid-19. He is ready to fire at Paris today in order to overtake Nadal, known as the King of Clay. Beating the 13-time French Open champion is a daunting task, but Djokovic is ready to repeat his semi-final performance from 2021.

The much-anticipated quarter-final clash between these two stalwarts is scheduled to take place at the Philippe Chatrier despite Nadal expressed unwillingness to play at night, citing that the pace of the ball dips because of the high humidity in the late night.

In fact, both players are set to produce remarkable tennis at Roland Garros. Fans will have the opportunity to witness unforgettable services, shots, and powerplay from two legends of the game.

Wasim Haque

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