Novak Djokovic qualified for the 2021 Roland Garros semifinal by beating Matteo Berrettini in straight sets and reaching Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Nole, who serves with surreal percentages and who maintains frightening standards even in response, piles the vast majority of errors at the foot of the finish line.
In the tie break of the third set. However, the Serbian solves the challenge with a very solid 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5, spoiled by a wicked curfew break, and passes the cut of the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam tournament for the 39th time in his career .
The tithe on the red brick of Paris. The semifinal against Rafael Nadal will presumably be an early final. Matteo Berrettini plays a game of extraordinary quality. The problem is that on the other side of the net he finds a stronger one.
Almost perfect for three sets.
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Rafael Nadal reached the semifinal of the Roland Garros 2021 by beating the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman with the final score of 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0. Nadal, presumably against Djokovic, will play the thirty-fifth Grand Slam semi-final of his career.
The fourteenth in career. And the Slam number twenty-one is missing exactly two wins. Schwartzman tries to stay attached to the bottom line, to anticipate the impact with the backhand and above all to cut Nadal's time during the prolonged exchanges.
El Peque finds weapons that are sufficiently valid to stop the gap at 15-30 in the opening round, cancels an almost desperate situation of 15-40 at 2-1, but does not defend at 3-2. The Spanish champion, less cynical than usual, condenses the vast majority of unforced errors and finds himself at 0-40 when with the joke available he has the chance to strengthen the advantage.
Schwartzman finds himself once again at 0-40 in the immediately following game. Nadal, who quarrels a little with the break points, raises the trajectories in an attempt to challenge the Argentine tennis player to push and at the fourth useful opportunity definitively breaks the balance.
Unresponsive from the scoring situation, and obviously from the monster that is present on the opposite side of the net, the Argentine tennis player adopts a tactical plan with no reservations. The result? 3-0. Nadal immediately restores the lead, piles up four unforced errors at 4-4 and wastes a 30-0 situation in the tenth game.
Called to cancel a set point, the Spanish champion tries the short ball out of the service and completely blocks the next passerby. Nadal, vulnerable from the baseline, cannot find solutions on the right diagonal and open the field with the forehand.
Not even to become dangerous in the response rounds, so to speak. Even he is unable to move the zero from the point box between the fifth and seventh game and needs to go back from 15-30 to 2-3. Schwartzman, who does not make any particular changes to the design, remains with his feet stuck to the bottom line and covers the field in a celestial manner.
In the moment of maximum difficulty, a situation with a score of four-even, the Spanish champion raises his trajectories and above all looks almost obsessively for the forehand. Shot that as per the logic of things gives the first two fifteen.
With character, ringworm and anger, Nadal finds the automatisms with the forehand and with the serve-forehand scheme he wins three of the last four points of the set. With the gasoline needle very close to zero, Schwartzman does what he can.
Little in the vast majority of cases. Nadal leaves just five points on the road. Obviously zero game. Twenty-five years after Jana Novotna, the flag of the Czech Republic returns to the top four on the Roland Garros women's draw.
The pupil of the 1997 Wimbledon champion breaks Coco Gauff's dreams with a hysterical 7-6 (4) 6-3. The American star does not take advantage of a break advantage on two occasions during the first set, misses a two set point (one at 5-4 and one at 6-5) and does not even take advantage of a 6-4 situation in the jeu decisif .
Krejcikova, who instead takes advantage of the first opportunity available, thanks to the circumstances and an incredible yield in response, manages to escape rather easily at 5-0. Her and her to secure three consecutive match points in the next game.
Obviously not responsible for the scoring situation, the seventeen-year-old American lets her arm go completely and recovers up to 3-5. In the final game, however, she fails to move the zero from the points box. For the Czech, at least a semifinalist also in the doubles draw, it will be her fifth career semifinal in the major circuit.
The balance of three wins and one defeat. Since her victory with Marketa Vondrousova in the first round of 2020, Iga Swiatek had struck a series of twenty-two consecutive sets at Roland Garros. She only losing more than four games on two occasions.
The reign of the Polish tennis player, champion also in Rome, however, falls at the foot of the second consecutive semifinal. Maria Sakkari, who in a Grand Slam had never even passed the cut of the fourth round of a Grand Slam, once again touches up the Greece Record.
For the defending champion it is one of the most usual bad days. Sakkari remedies an initial 0-2 disadvantage, cancels a break point at 2-2 and keeps his serve even at 5-4. With an early break, which she guards in a practically perfect way, the Greek tennis player then faces the 6-4 6-4 at the threshold of ninety minutes of play and reaches the surprise Barbora Krejcikova in the semifinals.