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French Open – Refael Nadal sets up finals against Djokovic

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic duirng their semi-final matches in Paris on Friday.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic duirng their semi-final matches in Paris on Friday.

07 JUNE 2014 Paris – One of the most expensive, most famous and prestigious gaming event, French Open takes its final turn as Rafael Nadal enters to the final after defeating his rival Andy Murray on Friday, Now Final for the big trophy will be played between Nadal and Djokovic.

According to News reports, Defending champion Rafa Nadal played his best tennis to set up a much awaited French Open showdown against Novak Djokovic with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 demolition of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in the semi-finals on Friday.

World number one Nadal, an eight-times Roland Garros winner, did not concede a single break point in a one-sided encounter on court Philippe Chatrier, hammering the British seventh seed with forehand winners.

Murray, looking to become the first British man since tennis turned professional in 1968 to reach the final in Paris, was never in the contest, making too many unforced errors on his usually reliable forehand. Top seed Nadal wrapped it up on his first match point with a smash on Murray’s serve.

“I think I played one of my best tennis at Roland Garros today,” said Nadal, who extended his French Open record to 65-1.

“I’m very emotional to reach the final again here. It’s a dream. Novak is an unbelievable opponent.”

World number two Djokovic, who beat Latvian 18th seed Ernests Gulbis in the other semi-final, is one of three men who have beaten Nadal on his favoured red dirt this year. Nadal hit 24 winners, most of them with his forehand, against a helpless Murray, and converted the six break points he had.

In hot weather which favoured Nadal’s top spin, Murray never had a chance and he won only 10 points on his opponent’s serve.

Nadal conceded three of them as he raced into a 3-0 lead after breaking in the second game when his opponent netted a forehand.

Murray held for the remainder of the set but could not trouble the Spaniard on his serve and Nadal bagged it with a casual forehand volley. In the third game of the second set, the man from Mallorca broke when Murray sent an easy forehand wide. Nadal turned the screw in the seventh game, stealing Murray’s serve again as the world number eight made yet another unforced forehand error.

He had already waved the white flag and Nadal, who has an 88-1 record in best-of-five set matches on clay, quickly put him out of his misery in the final set to reach his fifth consecutive Roland Garros final.

Ice cool efficiency

Earlier, Djokovic eventually wore down mercurial Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the semi-finals but only after suffering a sudden loss of form in the process.

The Serbian world No.2 was cruising at two sets ahead but his level dipped suddenly allowing Gulbis to make a real match of it before he managed to finish the job and remain on course for the only grand slam title to elude him.

Djokovic was overpowered by Gulbis in the third set and seemed to be lacking energy but some errors by his opponent in the fourth spared him being dragged into a decider. The number two seed displayed ice cool efficiency in the first two sets, more consistent from the baseline and clinical when the chances arose in the pair’s first match since 2011.

But moments of casual brilliance from 18th seed Gulbis stunned Djokovic in the third which he sealed with an ace after breaking the serve of his worried-looking opponent. Suddenly what had looked like a straightforward afternoon on Phillipe Chatrier court for Djokovic, last year’s runner-up, threatened to turn ugly.

However, he upped his level in the fourth as Gulbis started to wilt, earning the right to take on king of clay Rafa Nadal or Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in Sunday’s final.

Gulbis, who had reached the last four of a grand slam for the first time after 27 attempts, mostly matched Djokovic’s athleticism scrambling around the court but neither appeared to really hit top gear on the hottest day of the tournament.

Reaching Sunday’s clash mean’s Djokovic becomes just the sixth man since tennis turned professional in 1968 to reach multiple finals in each grand slam. Djokovic will reclaim the world number one spot if Nadal fails to win the title.

Source: Reuters News Agency

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