13-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in semi-finals of French Open Tennis on Friday evening. Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head Record: The two have played each other 57 times with Nadal winning 28 of those and Djokovic 29. The 58th meeting between the two will be broadcast LIVE on Star Sports Select & will be LIVE Streamed on Disney+ Hotstar – Follow it LIVE @ 9 PM. (French Open Semifinals LIVE, Nadal Djokovic LIVE streaming)
Nadal on playing Djokovic tonite: “Best thing is you know that you need to play your best tennis,” Rafael Nadal said about playing the top-seeded Serb.
“It’s a match that you know what you have to do if you really want to have chances to succeed and to keep going on the tournament. Always a big challenge.
“That’s something that is good because in some way we are practicing, we are living the sport for these moments. So that’s a good thing.
“The negative thing, it’s difficult because you play against one of the best players of the history. That’s how it is.”
Djokovic on Nadal challenge – He is my biggest rival
“It’s not like any other match,” said Novak Djokovic about playing Nadal. “I’ll probably pick Rafa as the biggest rival I’ve ever had in my career. The anticipation for the match against him, any match, any surface, any occasion, is always different from any other.”
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Here is a look at six of their best Grand Slam matches:
Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Classic 1: Australian Open final 2012- (Djokovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5)
In the longest ever Grand Slam final at five hours and 53 minutes, Djokovic came back from 4-2 down in the fifth set. It was the third successive Grand Slam final that Djokovic and Nadal had contested, and saw the Serb extend his winning streak over Nadal to seven straight matches.
“I think it comes out on the top because, just the fact that we played almost six hours is incredible,” said Djokovic when asked if it had been his greatest ever match.
An exhausted Nadal added: “Physically it was the toughest match I ever played.”
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Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Classic 2: 2015 Roland Garros quarter-final- Djokovic (7-5, 6-3, 6-1)
Djokovic became only the second man after Robin Soderling in 2009 to defeat Nadal on the red clay of Roland Garros as he maintained his hopes of completing the career Grand Slam.
Djokovic was to lose the final to Stan Wawrinka but would win his first Roland Garros title 12 months later with victory in the final over Andy Murray.
“It’s definitely a big win, a match that I will remember for a long time,” said Djokovic.
“He was better than me. That’s it. It’s very simple,” said Nadal who was celebrating his 29th birthday.
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Nadal vs Djokovic Classic 3: 2018 Wimbledon semi-final- Djokovic (6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8)
Just weeks before Wimbledon, Djokovic had suffered a shock quarter-final exit at the French Open at the hands of Marco Cecchinato, the world number 72 from Italy, and had even threatened to skip the grasscourt Grand Slam.
The semi-final was another classic with Djokovic saving five break points in the fifth set before triumphing after five hours and 15 minutes.
“One of the longest matches of my career. I am overwhelmed,” said Djokovic.
Nadal said: “I have not much more inside me. I gave it my best.”
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Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Classic 4: 2012 Roland Garros final- Nadal (6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5)
In a final that was played over two days due to several rain delays, Nadal hit 34 winners to 29 unforced errors, and led two sets and a break before the Serb took eight consecutive games and a 2-1 lead with a break into the third set on Monday.
When play resumed, Nadal broke back and went on to wrap up victory in three hours and 49 minutes for what was his seventh title in Paris.
“It is an honour and for me the most important tournament, the greatest in my eyes. This is an unforgettable moment,” said Nadal.
Djokovic added: “The playing conditions were not good. But it’s not anybody’s fault, and it’s not the reason why I lost today.”
Nadal vs Djokovic Classic 5: 2013 Roland Garros semi-final- Nadal (6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3/7), 9-7)
Djokovic was trying to become the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam while Nadal was bidding for an eighth title in Paris. Djokovic had earlier in the season defeated the Spaniard on clay in Monte Carlo, ending Nadal’s 46-match win streak.
In the Roland Garros final, Nadal was 6-5 up in the fourth set and two points from victory but Djokovic hit back and then led 4-2 in the final set before Nadal dug deep to triumph after four hours and 37 minutes.
“I want to congratulate Novak, he’s a great champion and he will win here at Roland Garros one day, I’m sure,” said Nadal.
World number one Djokovic added: “It’s been an unbelievable match but all I can feel now is disappointment. I congratulate him, that’s why he’s a champion.”
Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Classic 6: 2014 Roland Garros final- Nadal (3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4)
Nadal again prevented Djokovic from completing a career Grand Slam as he became the first player to win nine titles at one major. It was also his 14th Slam trophy.
Despite taking the first set, the final ended in a whimper for Djokovic who double-faulted on championship point.
Djokovic admitted that Nadal was probably the fresher player as the final progressed in brutal 30-degree heat.
“For me, the most important tournament, the greatest in my eyes,” said Nadal.
Djokovic said: “I was not at the level I was at when I beat him in Rome last month. It takes it out of you. Rafa was the better player.”
Now get ready for another NADAL vs DJOKOVIC Classic as they meet each other for the 58th time. The match will be broadcasted LIVE on Star Sports Select & will be LIVE Streamed on Disney+ Hotstar – Follow it LIVE @ 9 PM.