French Open 2021 Live, men's semi-finals: Novak Djokovic up by break in set 2 against Rafael Nadal

French Open 2021 Live, men's semi-finals: Novak Djokovic up by break in set 2 against Rafael Nadal

French Open 2021 Live, men's semi-finals: Novak Djokovic up by break in set 2 against Rafael Nadal

00:24 (IST)

Novak Djokovic* 3-6, 5-3 Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Comfortable hold for Rafael Nadal. Dropping just the one point and putting the onus on Djokovic to serve this second set out. Change of racket after that hold for Nadal.

00:23 (IST)

Fair point as the discussion over time continues. Nadal spoke to the chair umpire earlier and now the supervisor.

00:20 (IST)

Novak Djokovic 3-6, 5-2 *Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Djokovic does very well to keep the rally going at 15-15 despite a nasty bounce which climbs into him. A shot later he sends the backhand long. At 15-30, Nadal with superb athleticism to get to balls that seem to be getting away from him. Both players going deep into the court before Djokovic sends backhand wide. Two break back points. Saved one with a fantastic angle to open up the court and sending a drive volley winner. One more break point. Nadal possibly gets impatient there and sends his backhand wide. Deuce. Great rally. Nadal with angled shot, Djokovic going deep, Nadal with a defensive reply and eventually Novak nets the backhand smash/volley. Another break point. Both players with high intensity tennis from the back. Kissing the baseline repeatedly before Nadal finds the net. But wow that rally. That was some way to save a break point. Another attempted drop shot and another one missed. Nadal tries to catch Djokovic out but the attempted drop shot is into the net. Game point for Novak now. Tried to mix things up with a slow second serve but finds the net on the backhand after two rallies. This game past 10 minutes mark now. A reminder that the first game was over 9 minutes. On deuce, Djokovic with a sweetly struck backhand winner. Nadal tries to jump on to the forehand for a winner on serve but it goes wide. HUGE HOLD for Djokovic. Three break points saved.

00:08 (IST)

Novak Djokovic* 3-6, 4-2 Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Djokovic connecting much better and cleaner with the ball now. Backhand winner and a smash brings the game to 0-30. Djokovic and Nadal go side-to-side, cross court, before Nadal tries for a drop shot and it lands wide. Three break points. One saved after Djokovic's defensive loopy ball is smacked for a forehand winner. On second break point, Nadal gets to a drop shot, Djokovic also gets to his shot once but not the second time. Two break points saved. And third is converted! Nadal with a forehand well away from his body and the defensive shot goes into the gallery. BREAK!

00:01 (IST)

Novak Djokovic 3-6, 3-2 *Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Djokovic starts out well before hitting the net with a drop shot. Bit of groans all around. Comfortable hold in the end as Rafa's backhand hits the net.

23:57 (IST)

Novak Djokovic* 3-6, 2-2 Rafael Nadal (*denotes next server)

Had bit of a tech issue but we're back. To bring you up to speed, Djokovic held serve and then broke the Nadal serve. Only for Nadal to get back into the thick of things with a break right back. And now he holds serve to make it two games all in the second set. Djokovic with a forehand into the net and the second set is back on serve.

23:46 (IST)

And this too. How bloody good are they!