French Open day 10: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic start epic contest in May with match ending in June

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Delight for Rafael Nadal Credit: PA Images
Delight for Rafael Nadal Credit: PA Images

Rafael Nadal won the epic 59th installment of his rivalry with Novak Djokovic to reach the semi-final of the 2022 French Open.

The Spaniard is through to a 15th Roland Garros semi-final and on course for a 14th title.

Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz’s run was ended in four sets by Alexander Zverev, and Coco Gauff reached the semi-final of a Grand Slam for the first time by beating fellow American Sloane Stephens.

Here is a look back at day 10 at the US Open.

Picture of the day

Novak Djokovic full stretch Credit: PA Images
Novak Djokovic full stretch Credit: PA Images

Match of the day

A four-hour, four-set marathon ended at 1.15am local time after Nadal clinched a fourth-set tie-break to seal a memorable 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Djokovic. In fact, they started their contest in May and it came to a conclusion in June.

Shot of the day

Quote of the day

“Just know that if you love yourself, who cares what anyone else thinks?” – Coco Gauff

Tweet of the day

To be honest you could have knocked out a dissertation during some of the games in the Nadal/Djokovic match.

Shock of the day

Martina Trevisan has crept under the radar until she beat 17th seed Laylah Fernandez in three sets to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final at the age of 28. She will face Gauff for a place in the final.

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There was disappointment in the men’s doubles as top seeds Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram lost a match tie-break in their quarter-final against Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek. Neal Skupski and Dutchman Wesley Koolhof were also beaten in three by Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.

Fallen seeds

Women: Laylah Fernandez (17).
Men: Novak Djokovic (1), Carlos Alcaraz (6).

Up next

Iga Swiatek, the world number one and 2020 champion, faces American 11th seed Jessica Pegula for a place in the semi-finals. The night match sees Danish teenager Holger Rune face Norwegian eighth seed Casper Ruud.

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