In one of the biggest blockbuster matches in tennis, Novak and Rafa produced amazing level of play in their 58th career matchup. Djokovic beat the defending titlist 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to set up a championship match with Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE, 5).
Novak is through to his 11th last-four appearance at the Paris major, following a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 victory over ninth seed Matteo Berrettini. He will next challenge world no.3 and 13-time champion Rafael Nadal (29-28 H2H record).
Novak continued his quest for a 19th Grand Slam title as he completed a comeback from two-sets-to-love down on Monday for a place in the French Open quarter-finals. The world no.1 progressed after three hours and 27 minutes of play on Court Philippe-Chatrier, when Lorenzo Musetti retired at 6-7 (7), 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0. In his 49th career major quarterfinal, Novak will take on ninth seed Matteo Berrettini.
The second Grand Slam event of the season, the Roland Garros, is taking place in Paris, from May 30 to June 13. Top seed and 2016 titlist Novak will open his 2021 French Open campaign against world no.66 Tennys Sandgren (USA, H2H 3-0).