the essentials The Serbian world number one beat the Spanish king out of the sand in four sets. A meeting of breathtaking level, which the 5,000 spectators of the central court could attend to the end after a state exemption falling at the last minute.
This time the ogre eater did not devour his opponent on the clay of the Porte d’Auteuil. Rafael Nadal, 13th Roland-Garros on the list, lost in the semi-finals that Friday evening on June 11th. Defeated by the number 1 in the world, Novak Djokovic, in 4 sets: 3-6; 6-3; 7-6; 6-2.
A meeting of more than four hours at a very high level, in which the two titans surrendered blow by blow.
The uniqueness of the meeting is reinforced by this unusual scene: around 11 p.m., the security service entered the enclosure, as it has been since the beginning of the tournament, to ask the spectators to enter the stadium while observing the curfew.
But the audience, seized by the euphoria of an extraordinary meeting, had no intention of leaving and had announced it loudly a few minutes ago. All the members of the audience return in chorus: “We won’t go away, we won’t go away.”
For these viewers, the good news fell: The spokesman announced that there would be no evacuations, which sparked the call for help. The government’s waiver was finally confirmed just minutes before the curfew.
Novak Djokovic will try to win a 19th Grand Slam title (a 2nd Roland Garros) against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday.