World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has been out of the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year. Defending champion Djokovic, known as the King of Red Gravel, defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) in the quarter-finals. With this win, Nadal has reached the semi-finals of the major tennis tournament. Where he will face third seed Alexander Zverev on June 3.
In the match, the top seed lost the first set 6-2 and then won the second set 6-4 to make the match exciting. After that Spanish player, Nadal won the match by winning two consecutive sets 6-2, 7-6. Both were face to face for the 59th time in this tournament. After this victory, the margin of victory between the two increased to 29-30. Spain’s Nadal won the 29th match. While Djokovic of Serbia has won 30 matches.
Nadal has won 13 titles
Nadal has won 13 French Open titles so far. In addition, has won 2 Australian Open, 2 Wimbledon and 4 US Open. He started this year with the Australian Open title. At the same time, he won the French Open for the last time in 2020.
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Nadal is the first player in the world to win the same Grand Slam singles title 13 times in the Open Era of tennis that began in 1968. The French Open is played on red clay. That’s why Nadal is called the king of red soil.
Djokovic was a strong contender for the 21st Grand Slam title
On the other hand, Djokovic’s dream of winning the 21st Grand Slam match with Nadal has been shattered. He has won 20 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic has so far won 8 Australian Open, 2 French Opens, 6 Wimbledon, and 3 US Open titles.
With this win, 35-year-old Rafael Nadal equalized the loss in the French Open last season. In the 2023 season, Djokovic knocked out Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in the semi-final match.
Sania Mirza and her partner out from the tournament
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has lost in the third round in the tournament women’s doubles event. In the third round, the pair of Mirza-Hredeka performed brilliantly. Sania-Lucy Hredeka was defeated by American Koca Gauff and Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-3.