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PARIS-top seed Novak Djokovic resisted a valiant and inspired fightback from Stefanos Tsitsipas to set up a French Open final showdown with old rival Rafa Nadal on Friday, winning a near four-hour battle 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1. Showing no sign of physical problems that troubled him during his previous match, Djokovic was initially dominant and poised for a routine win when he had match point at 5-4 in the third set. But he had not count on fifth seed Tsitsipass ' incredible spirit as the 22-year-old fought his way back into contention with some dazzling shot-making. Tsitsipas stole the third set as Djokovic faltered, then staved off countless break points in the fourth before dragging the match into an unlikely decider. His dream of becoming the first Greek player to reach a Grand Slam final faded away as Djokovic calmly re-assert his authority against a physically-struggling opponent. Djokovic sealed victory with a forehand winner, nearly two hours after his first match point. The Serb advanced to his 27 Grand Slam final where he will meet Nadal for the ninth time in a Grand Slam final and 56 times in total. Victory would earn him 18 Grand Slam titles while Nadal can match Roger Federer's record haul of 20. While Djokovic, who had lost five of his nine previous French Open semi-Finals, was give fright, it always looked as though his vast experience would prove decisive. We have to congratulate Stefanos for this great battle, Djokovic, whose sole French title came in 2016, say on Court Philippe Chatrier. I was calm on the surface but inside it was something totally different. I think that after losing the third set, and fourth, I was still in control. Looking ahead to Sunday's final against 12-time French Open winner Nadal, he say: It maybe the biggest challenge in our sport to play Nadal at Roland Garros. I look forward to it, I am happy to be here and motivated to win. Tsitsipas, contesting his second Grand Slam semi-final, began by squandering three break points in Djokovics opening service game and that become theme for Greek. Djokovic broke serve in the next game with an angled forehand and fought off break points at 4-2 on his way to taking the opening set. The second set was one-side after Djokovic broke in the fifth game and Tsitsipas became rag. World number one Djokovic bid his time in third and broke serve at 4-4 with a dropshot-lob combination that had Tsitsipas scurrying around court all night. Djokovic missed a routine backhand down line on match point in the next game and suddenly Tsitsipas began to offload with his punishing groundstrokes. Tsitsipas finally converted break point at the time of his asking when Djokovic's forehand went long and then struck a forehand winner to break again for the set two games later.

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About the match

Tsitsipas began the set in style by winning both the first point and first game; but, happiness was short-live. Despite earning break-point almost after 90 mins, he could not capitalize on it. Meanwhile, Djokovic levelled the scoreline to 1-1. Tsitsipas hit a wonderful running volley in the third game to take the lead once again. It was 2-1 with the Greek player leading at this moment. Djokovic equalized again in the very next game. Tsitsipas really looked frustrated at this point as he had yet to break serve. He was doing some weird actions, trying to punish himself for all those unforced errors. Though what was different here was that he was taking his time. It definitely helped youngsters to lead once again at 3-2. But, Djokovic was hot on his trail. He began the next game with a powerful ace, which helped him level the scoreline again at 3-3. The Greek player won the next game, taking it to 4-3. For the first time so far, he won 4 games in a set. Serving in the eighth game, Djokovic started with a delicate drop-probably best in the match so far. He won the next three points to equalize the scoreline at 4-4. Djokovic broke in the next game, taking the lead for first time in the set. He was just a game away from facing Rafael Nadal in the finals of Roland Garros 2020. Serving for the match, he made some unforced errors, giving Tsitsipas break-point. But he soon took the game to deuce. He even earned three match-points but could not capitalize on either of them. It was Tsitsipas who broke at this moment for the very first time to tie the set 5-5. The Greek won the next game and was one game away from winning the first set. He won the next game on his second break-point, winning a 63-minute long set 7-5.

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Djokovic continues incredible five-set record

World number one Djokovic, 2016 champion at Roland Garros, reached his fifth final in Paris, defeating fifth seed Tsitsipas 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1 in a roller-coaster of a contest where he had hold match point in the third set. Find the latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadget reviews & ratings. Popular Gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison. Nadal, 12-time champion, defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-3 7-6 to make 13 finals at the tournament. On Sunday, Djokovic can win 18 Majors and become the first man in half century to win all four Slams twice. Nadal, world number two, can equal Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 Grand Slam title wins. Djokovic is one of only two men to have defeated Nadal at Roland Garros in 15 years. Sunday will be their 56 clash. This is the house of Rafa, said Djokovic. I will have motivation to win, I beat him here in 2015, but this will be biggest challenge-playing Nadal on clay. Djokovic hailed Tsitsipas, who was appearing in the semi-final of the Slam for only the second time. Stefanos is a big player but after four hours he was tire. He gives me a lot of trouble. I looked calm on the surface but it was a different story inside, add Djokovic, who will be in his 27 Slam final. Djokovic took 5-1 career lead over Tsitsipas into the semi-final and showing no signs of the neck and shoulder injury which blighted his performance against Pablo Carreno Busta in the last eight, He secured only break of the opener in the second game. That became seven from seven early in the second set and he made Tsitsipas pay, breaking for a 3-2 edge and backing it up with another for 5-2. The 22-year-old Greek, appearing in his first French Open semi-final, just couldn't make Djokovic crack. The eighth break point came and went in the second game of the third set with Djokovic breaking for 5-4. Having saved two more break points, Djokovic was unable to convert match points in 10 game, picked up time violation and, unsettled by call as well as disturbances in the crowd, was broken at 11 time of asking. From the brink of a quick exit, Tsitsipas stayed alive, taking the third set 7-5. Djokovic squandered 10 break points in the fourth set as Tsitsipas, who had also been two sets down in his opening match against Jaume Munar, level match. However, in final twist and as the clock ticked closer to the four-hour mark, Tsitsipas faded away in the decider, dropping serve twice to hand Djokovic a 4-1 lead. He saved another match point but was powerless on the third as Djokovic fired a clean winner. For 34-year-old Nadal, his win over Schwartzman was his 99 at Roland Garros.

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