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French Open: Nadal to face Djokovic in blockbuster semifinal

Rafael Nadal will face top seed Novak Djokovic in the French Open semi-finals after the Spanish 13-time champion edged hard-fighting Diego Schwartzman in a tricky battle in front of 5,000 fans in Paris.

Third seed Nadal won 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 against Argentine 10th seed Schwartzman on Court Philippe Chatrier.

In Wednesday’s night match, Djokovic won 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 against Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini.

After reaching a record-extending 14th French Open semi-final with his 105th win in 107 matches at Roland Garros, Nadal said: “The numbers are just amazing. But I can’t think about that now, honestly. Let’s talk about that when I finish my career.

“Now is a moment to be happy. I won an important match today against a tough opponent. I was able to find a way to play my best tennis in the moment that I really needed.”

Serbia’s Djokovic faces Nadal, in a re-run of last year’s final, on Friday.

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