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- - What a performance from both players! Rafa has equalled the record for most number of wins at Roland Garros. He now has 58 wins (and just one loss to his name) joining Roger Federer, who has 58 wins and 13 losses in Paris to his name.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 7-9 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Only one is needed though and Rafael Nadal is through to the French Open final for an eighth time when Djokovic sends another forehand just marginally long down the centre of the court!
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 7-8 0-40 - Djokovic misses yet another overhead to drop the first point of the game and Nadal produces another sensational forehand passing shot winner right into the corner across court. 0-30 against the Djokovic serve. 0-30 quickly becomes 0-40 and Nadal has THREE MATCH POINTS ...
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 7-8 - A forehand down the line from Nadal finally misses it's target to hand Djokovic the opening point of the game. But he quickly levels with another forehand down the line that Nole can only send wide across court with the backhand return. And Rafa goes on to hold after brilliantly reacting to a net cord on Djokovic's backhand before finding an inside-out backhand winner across court. More pressure on Djokovic now.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 7-7 - Yet another forehand winner down the line from Nadal denies Djokovic on the first of his three game points. A between-the-legs shot from Nadal saves the second when Djokovic puts his smash into the bottom of the net. But Djokovic does hold to 30, at his final attempt with a backhand winner down the line. Back on serve once again.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 6-7 - Nadal is practically falling over he's stretching so much when he hits a running forehand winner straight down the line for the opening point of the game. A backhand winner down the opposite line for Nadal takes the second point before Djokovic gets on the scoreboard with a backhand just wide down the line from Rafa. Nadal holds for the loss of just that one point though when Djokovic goes long with a forehand. And so they go on!
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 6-6 - As good a backhand drop shot as Djokovic has hit all match is the winner that seals a love service game for the Serb and we are back level once again in this final set.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 5-6 - Djokovic is forced to return a serve from around the top of his head, Nadal flinging a backhand winner on the baseline before a Djokovic inside-out backhand goes just marginally wide. The Spaniard then holds with an unreturnable serve and Djokovic will have to serve to stay in this match for a second time. No fifth set tie-break at Roland Garros, remember, so this one will run until someone can break!
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 5-5 - Djokovic opens up the game with two confident points before Nadal pegs him back with an insane looping forehand that just dips inside the baseline for the winner down the line. 30-30. Djokovic makes a trip into the net, Nadal going long with an attempted passing shot, to fashion himself a game point before turning that into a game with a forehand drive volley winner that Nadal can only return into the net despite a great bit of retrieving from the Spaniard.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 4-5 - Nadal drops the first point with a forehand just long but Djokovic does long with a forehand of his own on the second allowing Nadal to level up at 15-15. Another ferocious forehand winner down the line from Nadal brings up two game points. But he only needs the one, Djokovic going just long with another huge forehand under pressure. Nadal is ahead and Djokovic will have to serve to stay in the match after the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 4-4 - BREAK! Djokovic saves it with an inside-out forehand across court after some ridiculous defence from Nadal that keeps the point going four or five shots longer than it should. Nadal earns himself a third chance to break back with another phenomenal backhand across court that Djokovic can only net. And this time Nadal does break back with a big forehand that Djokovic nets. BACK ON SERVE IN THIS FIFTH SET!
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 4-3 40-Ad - This time it is Djokovic who gets the time violation and then controversy as he finds a high forehand winner before toppling over and then hitting the net. He hit the net before the second bounce so the point is Nadal's. Djokovic's argument is that the ball was outside the court but it doesn't matter, technically it was not dead yet and it's break back point Nadal.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 4-3 40-40 - Djokovic spots Nadal off his line and ges for the big forehand only t o hit the error. A forehand winner down the line from Nadal sees him go 0-30 up. But Djokovic levels at 30-30 (as the clock ticks over to four hours) when Nadal first goes long with a forehand return and then a backhand down the centre of the court. A sensational forehand down the line brings up break point but he completely mis-hits a forehand to squander the chance. Back to deuce.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 4-3 - Three forehands down the line from Nadal, three points won to bring up two game points. Only the one is needed though as Rafa holds when Djokovic nets a return
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 4-2 - Djokovic holds to love when Nadal goes long with a forehand down the centre of the court. The Serb is potentially just two games away now from the French Open final. Sure Nadal will have something to say about that though!
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 3-2 - The tension is affecting both players now as Nadal throws in a double fault of his own to allow Djokovic to level up at 30-30. But a sensational cross court backhand, to the same line that Nadal keeps painting, goes for a winner despite Djokovic being right there. Twice Nadal is unable to take advantage of a game point but a blistering backhand down the line brings up a third and this time he does hold with another cross court backhand winner.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 3-1 - A second double fault of the match from Djokovic allows Nadal to level at 30-30 but he slices a low backhand into the net to allow Nole a game point without the Serb having to do too much. And a much better serve down the centre of the court from Djokovic seals the game when Rafa nets his forehand return.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 2-1 - A timely hold for Nadal as he overcomes a little frustration at the ball kids not having the balls where he wants them. He holds with a big first serve that Djokovic can only net in reply. Djokovic still leads the final set by a break though.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 2-0 - Nadal denies Djokovic on a game point with a forehand winner down the line. A backhand winner down the line brings up another game point for Nole and this time he does hold with another huge point from both players, Djokovic eventually coming out on top when an over-stretched Nadal nets his defensive forehand across court.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 1-0 40-40 - Twice in quick succession Djokovic goes back to the Nadal forehand with his own, rather than going for the favoured inside-out forehand across court. It works well for the Serb as he goes 30-0 up with a smash winner before three straight errors, including a smash well wide hands Nadal a break back point. Djokovic saves it with a drop shot and backhand passing shot winner across court.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) 1-0 - BREAK! Only a second double in the match from Rafa, followed by a blistering forehand return of serve down the line from Nole hands the Serb three early break points. The first goes begging when Djokovic hits long, while the second is saved with some immense defence from Nadal - Djokovic eventually hitting long. But Djokovic does break at the third attempt with a forehand winner!
- - The only previous fifth set these two have played went the way of Novak Djokovic when he triumphed in that epic six hour Australian Open final back in January of last year. 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5 was the final score in that match in favour of the Serb. Can he do it again or will Nadal pull this one out of the bag?
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(3) - SET! But one set point is all that's needed for Djokovic as he somehow finds a defensive, dipping forehand whipped across court that Nadal can only volley into the net off his backhand. This match is set for a decisive fifth set!
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 6-6 (6-3) - TIE-BREAK! Nadal takes the first point after the change of ends when Djokovic goes wide with a forehand down the line but he gifts the Serb the mini-break back with an admittedly low backhand into the net. The mini-break quickly becomes THREE SET POINTS to the Serb after a smash winner...
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 6-6 (4-2) - TIE-BREAK! Djokovic takes the first two points of the breaker before Nadal again catches the sideline with a cross court forehand winner. The Serb sneaks out in front again with a decent drop shot that Nadal can only return wide. 3-1 quickly becomes 4-1 when Djokovic again runs round the ball and belts a forehand down the line. Djokovic hits long on his return but he still leads by the mini-break at the change of ends.
- - These two have played 10 previous tie-breaks in their 35 meetings so far. And Nadal has won seven of them, Djokovic just three.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 6-6 - BREAK! And Djokovic does break back yet again when he runs round the ball to drill a forehand winner down the line. This fourth set, and possibly the match will be decided by a tie-break.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 5-5 40-30 - Nadal drops the first point of the game, as he often does, before bouncing back with consecutive forehand winners across court and right on to the side line, the second of which leaves even Djokovic laughing wryly! 30-15 Nadal. Nadal goes long with a forehand down the centre of the court to level at 30-30. A great forehand return of serve from Djokovic then brings up break back point as Nadal goes wide with his forehand reply...
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 5-5 - BREAK! Djokovic nets a bakchand to allow Nadal to level at deuce as the match clock ticks over to show three hours. The Serb earns himself a game point with a big forehand winner inside-out across court before levelling at deuce again with a forehand long down the line. A forehand into the net which Djokovic really should have done better with hands Nadal a break point. And another forehand long hands Nadal the break! Nadal will serve for the match!
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 5-5 - Well, Nadal recovered his composure quickly as he posts his sixth love service hold of the match to level up and deny Djokovic the set that easily. Back on serve in this fourth set.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 5-4 - Nadal plays comfortably his worst game in the match as he struggles to find the court at all and Djokovic holds with ease to leave himself potentially just one game away from levelling this match. Nadal will have to serve to stay in this fourth set after the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 4-4 - BREAK! Two lucky net cords for Djokovic help him get ahead in the game. No such luck on the fourth point though as he sets up the immediate break back points with a stunning backhand winner. He only needs one of them, Nadal going long with a forehand down the line to concede his break advantage.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 3-4 - BREAK! Nadal earns himself two break points when Djokovic, under huge pressure, nets. Djokovic saves the first with a great inside-out forehand winner across court after drawing Nadal wide on the opposite wing. But the Serb can do nothing about the second and mis-hits a forehand, sending the ball looping long of the baseline. Nadal has the break and is that it for Djokovic now?
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 3-3 - Nadal is also looking pretty comfortable on serve as he holds for the loss of just the one point when Djokovic sends a return long. This set, and possibly the match, is reaching crunch point now. Who will blink first?
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 3-2 - Djokovic races through a love service hold with very little trouble to sneak ahead again in this set. The Serb is holding serve pretty comfortably in this fourth set.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 2-2 - Nadal's level has definitely dropped again but he earns himself two game points with an inside-out forehand winner across court followed by a Djokovic error on the backhand. The Spaniard only needs the one though as Djokovic sends a forehand long. Still on serve in this fourth set.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 2-1 - Djokovic drops the first point of the game before recovering with a trip into the net and a forehand volley winner and then an ace. An amazing rally from both players has much of the crowd on their feet - a drop shot from Djokovic, followed by a drop shot from Nadal, followed by an angled drop shot from Djokovic, a volley from Djokovic, a sensational pick up from Nadal and then a backhand stop volley winner from Djokovic! And the Serb holds to 30 with a great serve.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 1-1 - Nadal races through a love service hold, sealing the game with a big serve that Djokovic can only return long down the centre of the court, to get his fourth set off to an equally positive start.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 1-0 - Djokovic fires down his fourth ace of the match, a bullet out wide, to seal the opening game of the fourth set. That's an encouraging start for the Serb, who has never come back from two sets down to beat Nadal (it hasn't happened the other way round either).
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-6 - SET! Nadal tracks back and puts up a decent, if still gett-able, lob which Djokovic thumps down in to the net. It brings up three set points. But one of those disappears on a point penalty for a second time violation given to Nadal by Pascal Maria. It doesn't matter though as Nadal hammers down a service winner on the second to seal the third set.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-5 - Djokovic saves a first set point with a backhand stop volley that goes for the perfect drop shot, Nadal abandoning his chase when he realises there is no chance of getting there in time. And the Serb also saves the second with a huge forehand across court that a flailing Nadal can only net. And Djokovic goes on to hold with a big serve down the centre of the T that Nadal can only net. Nadal will serve for it though.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 0-5 - Nadal goes 30-0 up with an inside-out forehand winner across court that Djokovic has no interest in chasing down. The Serb then puts a forehand long to hand Nadal three game points, the Spaniard consolidating the double break at the first time of asking when Djokovic again puts a forehand long. Djokovic will have to serve to prevent a bagel third set after the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 0-4 - BREAK! No trainer and no injury timeout for Djokovic. Instead he left the court for an comfort break. A double fault from Djokovic, his first in two matches as well, followed by a wrong-footing backhand down the line from Nadal that the Serb can only return into the net and it's two more break points. And Nadal breaks at the first opportunity when Djokovic puts a fairly tame backhand into the top of the net.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 0-3 - Nadal holds with ease, a 186kph ace sealing the hold and consolidating the break. Djokovic was very reluctant to stretch to that ball and he loooks like he is going to call for the trainer to come on during the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 0-2 - BREAK! Djokovic was clutching his hip as he walked back to the chair for the change of ends and then looked very weary after Nadal has set up an early break point in this third set. Djokovic finds what he thinks is a winner on to the sideline but Rafa reckons it was out and gets umpire Pascal Maria down to check. Maria agrees it was out handing Rafa the break, although hawkeye suggests the ball was in. No official hawkeye, remember, so the call stands. Rafa breaks.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 0-1 - Nadal takes the first point of the third set with a sensational backhand passing shot across court on the angle and right on to the sideline. Djokovic pushes Nadal all the way to deuce but he can't fashion himself a break point and the Spaniard holds with a big first serve that Djokovic returns long off the forehand wing.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 - SET! Huge hitting from Djokovic to bring up a set point at 40-30. And sure enough he does level up the match, apologising to Nadal after his forehand across court catches the top of the tape and stays down low to prevent the Spaniard from doing much but putting his backhand into the net.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 5-3 - BREAK! A double fault (Nadal's first in two matches) hands Djokovic a break point. Magnificent hitting from the Serb as he peppers the Nadal backhand with a series of huge forehands before going for the inside-out forehand winner across court off th shorter ball. Djokovic will serve for this second set after the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 4-3 40-40 - Djokovic levels at 30-30 with an amazing shot, jumping to his left to get out of the way of the ball while hitting an inside-out forehand across court to his right. The Serb's immense defensive skills keep him in the next point longer than they should but ultimately not being quite good enough as Nadal batters a huge forehand across court before dinking an off-forehand drop shot winner. Djokovic levels at deuce with a big forehand that Nadal can only return long..
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 4-3 - Djokovic sneaks back out in front in this second set with a much easier service hold without drama as he belt down a bullet of a first serve that Nadal cannot get back into play.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 3-3 - BREAK! Djokovic had a good go at smashing his racquet during the change of ends, no warning from umpire Maria. And the change of racquet seems to have done him some good as he batters the Nadal backhand before a forehand drive volley earns him a break back point when Rafa nets a forehand. Nole hits long off a good second serve from Nadal to squander it. But Djokovic breaks at the third chance with a backhand winner.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 2-3 - BREAK! An off-balance backhand on the baseline from Djokovic ends up in the bottom of the net as Nadal fashions himself a break point. Nadal does break, easily getting up to a decent drop shot from Djokovic and sending his backhand passing shot winner down the line for a winner.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 2-2 - Nadal doesn't even look up as umpire Pascal Maria give him a warning for a time violation after the first point of the game. He had dropped that opening point of the game but he doesn't drop another and goes on to hold when Djokovic nets his forehand return.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 2-1 - The pressure is constant from Nadal as he levels at 30-30 once again but the backhand is working well for Djokovic in this game and he holds with a winner down the line.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 1-1 - Djokovic is furious with himself as he sends a backhand well wide down the line to gift Nadal a game point from 30-30. And Rafa doesn't give him a second look at a chance, the Spaniard holding on the very next point when Djokovic nets.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 1-0 - Nadal takes the first point of the second set with a blistering, running forehand winner down the line but Djokovic bounces back and goes on to hold to 30 with some much better serving that Rafa cannot return in play.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 - SET! A flicked squash-like forehand just over the net from Rafa that Djokovic can only slice into the net sees him go 30-15 up. That quickly becomes 40-15 and two set points after a forehand passing shot winner across court. Rafa only needs the one though and seals the fist set as Djokovic goes wide with a forehand approach shot across court.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-5 - Better from Djokovic on serve as he holds to 15 by pushing Nadal back behind the baseline again and eventually drawing the error, a forehand into the net from the Spaniard.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-5 - A second consecutive love service hold from Nadal leaves Djokovic serving to stay in this opening set with 45 minutes on the clock.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-4 - BREAK! Nadal fashions a fourth chance with a scorching forehand passing shot winner. And this time he does break with a huge forehand down the line that Djokovic returns wide and long across court. Nadal has the first break.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-3 40-40 - Nadal threatens the Djokovic serve again. The Serb nets a forehand to allow Nadal to level up at deuce before putting a backhand wide down the line to hand Nadal a first break point of the match. He saves it with a big serve out wide that Nadal can only return wide. A ridiculous backhand return winner from Nadal earns him a second chance but Djokovic saves it with an inside-out forehand winner across court.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-3 - A love service game from Nadal, the Spaniard taking the early point by wrong-footing Djokovic with a cross court forehand drop shot. Djokovic actually does brilliantly well to retrieve it as he stumbled on the baseline before setting off but he can't control his forehand reply and sends the ball wide across court on the lob.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-2 - Djokovic opens the game with his first ace of the afternoon before Rafa goes ahead. The Serb levels at 30-30 with a trip into the net, Nadal going long with a forehand passidng shot attempt down the line. Rafa levels at deuce with a huge backhand down the line, forehand across court and then forehand winner down the line. He also pegs Djokovic back to deuce a second time with an inside-out forehand winner across court. But Nole holds when Rafa slices a forehand across court.
- - DJOKOVIC 2-2 - Nadal operating from way back behind the baseline but having no trouble in this game as Djokovic goes long with a cross court backhand to gift the Spaniard two game points. The first goes begging but Rafa steps up to the baseline on the second, rattling a backhand across court and drawing the forehand into the net from Djokovic.
- - DJOKOVIC 2-1 - Not quite so straight forward this time around for Djokovic as Nadal takes the first point of the game with a brutal forehand winner down the line. Djokovic is also pushed to 30 before being able to hold when Nadal goes long with a forehand down the line.
- - DJOKOVIC 1-1 - The first ace of the match goes to the Spaniard as he earns himself a game point. But a well-disguised sliced backhand from Djokovic, which Nadal nets in reply, sees the Serb level at deuce. He goes long with a forehand to gift Nadal a second chance but then pegs him back with a dipping inside-out forehand across court that Rafa can only volley wide. A explosive forehand down the line earns Rafa a third chance and this time he holds with a cross court backhand passing shot winner.
- - DJOKOVIC 1-0 - Djokovic holds to love for a very confident start to the match, the Serb keeping Nadal pushed back behind the baseline and going for the cross court that the Spaniard can only return into the net off the forehand wing.
12:15 - The players are just about ready to go and it will be Djokovic to get the clash underway after Nadal won the toss and elected to put the Serb in to serve first...
12:10 - Virginia Wade is leaning towards Nadal to win, Greg Rusedski believes Djokovic will win in five sets. What do you think? Why not come say hi on Twitter @pippawdavis.
12:08 - There's a bit of a breeze today but nothing major, Nadal might even like it if it was a bit windier. Temperatures are roughly loitering about 22 degrees with it forecast to get up to around about 28 mid-way through the afternoon. Perfect weather for this clash.
12:07 - The players have just walked out on to court to very similar receptions. We are just about 10 minutes away from this semi-final getting underway now, just the warm up to come.
12:04 - Tennis analyst and Eurosport pundit Jason Goodall believes that the backhand will be key to this clash today.
12:02 - Rafael Nadal will make history if he can beat Novak Djokovic on Friday then go on to win the French Open. The Mallorcan is already Roland Garros royalty after winning an incredible 57 of 58 matches on the red clay there, with his sole loss coming against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009. If he downs the Serb in the semis then overcomes either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or David Ferrer in Sunday's final, he will become the first man to win a single Grand Slam title eight times.
11:59 - Don't forget you can watch this match LIVE in HD on British Eurosport or, if you don't have access to the TV today, you can also follow the match LIVE in full on the Eurosport Player.
11:58 - "Is strange," Nadal said of meeting Djokovic in the semis."But I am more calm today that I am competing for much more important things than one week ago. Then I was competing just for the second round. I'm going to be nervous for the semi-finals probably. If not, I better go home and do another thing. If you are not nervous to play the semi-finals against the best player of the world, it's because you are not enjoying or you don't feel the passion."
11:56 - Since returning from injury in February Nadal has been dominant again on clay, winning five titles on the surface, albeit losing to Djokovic in the Monte Carlo final."That is something that can maybe give me that mental edge when I step onto the court, knowing I already won against him on clay this season," Djokovic said."But, again, it's the best of five, so it takes much more than just doing the same thing like in Monte-Carlo. It's a grand slam so there is more tension. The final is at stake."
11:54 - Despite Friday's clash falling a round early than most neutrals would like, Djokovic said the mindset of both players would not change in the slightest. "I'm ready for five sets," he said. "That doesn't mean there is going to be five sets. We'll see what's gonna be. Nobody can predict what's going to happen, especially in our matches."
11:52 - That Australian Open final was Djokovic's seventh successive victory over Nadal and it seemed he had cracked the hardest nut in tennis but since then the 27-year-old Mallorcan has responded with three wins from the last four and leads their overall series 19-15.
11:50 - In the last 11 meetings, five of which have been in grand slam finals, everything has been on the line. The most remarkable of those battles was the 2012 Australian Open final where Djokovic and Nadal fought each other to a standstill before the Serb prevailed in a five hour 53 minute epic that took grand slam finals into unchartered territory.
11:48 - Today will be the first time Djokovic and Nadal have met before the final of a tournament, other than the ATP World Tour finals round robin stage, since 2009.
11:46 - Unusually no silverware will be at stake when Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Spaniard Rafa Nadal strut on to Philippe Chatrier court in around about 15 minutes time to face each other for the 35th time and whoever prevails will be favourite to lift the Musketeers' Cup on Sunday.
11:45 - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the first of the men's semi-finals between world number one Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal.
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