Top seed Djokovic won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to equal Pete Sampras’s mark of seven titles at the All England Club and move within one of the men’s record of eight held by Roger Federer.
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Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has booked his semi-final spot after battling back from the brink of defeat to knock out Jannik Sinner over five sets.
Djokovic is bidding for a seventh title at the All England Club to move level with US great Pete Sampras.
He should increase his lead after Wimbledon, in spite of his being a Russian and not allowed to play there.
The Spaniard, looking for a 14th Roland Garros title, battled to a 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) victory over the defending champion
Top seed Djokovic produced his best level so far at Roland Garros to win 6-1 6-3 6-3 in the fourth-round match.
World number one Djokovic saw off Monte Carlo Masters champion Tsitsipas to claim the last major tournament before Roland Garros gets underway later this month.
A five-time champion in the Spanish capital, Nadal is looking to match Novak Djokovic’s career record of 37 ATP Masters 1000 titles this week.
There are no plans for COVID restrictions this year after impacting the Championships over the last two years.
Djokovic’s return to the court in just over six weeks ended sooner than expected, following his defeat on Tuesday.
Organisers said the 20-time grand slam winner will be allowed to compete as the tournament prepares to stage what is expected to be the first grand slam without any COVID-19 related restrictions since the pandemic broke two years ago.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner was deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open in January and insisted that he would be prepared to miss further major tournaments over his stance.
Playing his first tournament of the year following his deportation from Australia, Djokovic had looked impressive in his first two matches.
Nadal had the opportunity to overtake ‘Big Three’ rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the list of major winners with only a second Melbourne triumph and first since 2009 in Sunday’s showpiece, but he looked to have blown that chance after falling two sets down to the 2021 US Open champion.
Rafael Nadal was down a set against Daniil Medvedev but led 5-3 in the second set and was on break point when play was stopped after 90 minutes.
He was deported from Australia the day before the start of the Melbourne Slam, delaying his attempt to win a record 21st major singles title.
But, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he could be allowed to enter the country sooner under appropriate conditions.
The unanimous ruling by a three-judge Federal Court bench dealt a final blow to Djokovic’s hopes of chasing a record 21st Grand Slam win
Hours earlier, three judges at the Federal Court had unanimously dismissed the unvaccinated Serbian superstar’s last-gasp attempt to overturn the government’s cancellation of his visa.
Consequently, he is set to be deported from Australia, after losing his appeal against his visa cancellation.