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French Open | Rafal Nadal snags a thriller, beats Novak Djokovic in their 59th face-off

Rafael Nadal got past rival Novak Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in a monumental match in the French Open quarterfinals to move a step closer to his 14th championship at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament and 22nd major trophy overall.

June 01, 2022 / 01:01 PM IST
The 59th chapter of the most prolific Open Era rivalry in men’s tennis came to a close in the wee hours of June 1 morning in Paris, when Rafael Nadal triumphed over Novak Djokovic in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) instant classic. Nadal ended the top-seeded Djokovic’s bid for a second consecutive title in Paris. Here’s why the match was blockbuster. (Image: Reuters)
The 59th chapter of the most prolific Open Era rivalry in men’s tennis came to a close in the wee hours of June 1 in Paris, when Rafael Nadal triumphed over Novak Djokovic in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) instant classic. Nadal ended the top-seeded Djokovic’s bid for a second consecutive title in Paris. Here’s why the match was blockbuster. (Image: Reuters)
Rafal Nadal and Novak Djokovic has faced off 59 times. They first played each other at Roland Garros 16 year ago in 2006.
Rafal Nadal and Novak Djokovic has faced off 59 times. They first played each other at Roland Garros 16 year ago in 2006.
Two players with at least 20 Grand Slam titles each competed against each other. Nadal made sure Djokovic remains behind him in the Slam count with 20.
Two players with at least 20 Grand Slam titles each competed against each other. Nadal made sure Djokovic remains behind him in the Slam count with 20.
Two players with 300-plus Grand Slams match wins played each other.
Two players with 300-plus Grand Slams match wins played each other.
Two players with 1000-plus ATP tour wins faced off. (With inputs from AP)
Two players with 1000-plus ATP tour wins faced off. (With inputs from AP)
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