Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, the world number 1 defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7) and 7-5, this Wednesday in the Roland Garros quarterfinals, and will play against him Spaniard Rafael Nadal for a spot in Sunday's final.
It will be the 58th meeting between the two tennis stars, a classic that for now dominates the Serbian by 29-28, although the Spanish has better numbers in Paris, where he is seeking his 14th title and the 21st Grand Slam of his career.
The last match between the two in Paris was the 2020 Roland Garros final, in which Nadal overwhelmed Djokovic (6-0, 6-2 and 7-5).
The only confrontation in 2021 was a few weeks ago in the final of the Masters 1000 in Rome, also in brick dust, and the victory was again for the Spanish, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
Unlike in the previous round, in which Djokovic lost the first two sets to Italian Lorenzo Musetti, this time the world number 1 began dominating and took advantage of a single break to take the first set 6-3.
Berrettini did not react in the second, unable to counter the balls sent by the Serbian, very comfortable at the service, putting the Italian in difficulties on each serve, closing the second set with a clear 6-2.
In the third set, Berrettini improved his serve, especially his second, which allowed him to win his serve more comfortably and extend the set, although it is true that at no time did he have the possibility of achieving a 'break' against a Djokovic who exceeded the 90% of first services.
In the 'tie break', both players alternated big shots with clamorous errors, so everything indicated that the set would be decided by small details and it was.
With two aces to take the match, Djokovic sent two balls into the net, giving Berrettini the opportunity to take the match to the fourth set. And the Italian did not forgive.
And when Berrettini was playing better, the game was stopped for 20 minutes to allow the organizers to evacuate the 5.000 spectators of the Philippe Chatrier, with the aim that they could comply with the touch is imposed by the health crisis, and that to From this Wednesday it goes from 21:00 p.m. to 23:00 p.m. (from 19:00 p.m. to 21:00 p.m. GMT).
The fourth set was a carbon copy of the previous one until Berretini made several unforced errors, giving Djokovic the chance to close the match and the Serbian got it on the third attempt.