PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic in hard-fought French Open quarterfinal

In one of the biggest blockbuster matches in tennis and probably the best quarterfinal ever in the history of the French Open, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic produced amazing level of play in their 59th career match-up. It was the first time in the Open era that a men’s match has featured two men with at least 20 Grand Slam wins, 1,000 match wins or 300 Grand Slam match wins.

Our champ knocked out the defending champion and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) in a classic to reach the last four in Paris on cold Tuesday night. After four hours and 11 minutes, Rafa achieved his 110th win in 113 matches at the French Open.

The 21-Grand Slam champion will next take on No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev who defeated 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in four sets.

23 comments

  1. I was supposed to be getting an early night due to medical appointment, but there was no way I could go to bed before the match was over. Vamos Rafa! And, with all due respect to Sascha Zverev, I’m glad Rafa hasn’t got to play Carlitos and face all the media rubbish about a clash of the generations.

  2. Congratulations Rafans for the best victory of 2022 bcz it was a perfect revenge. Onto next 2 matches … Strange that every match now will be easy… vamos Rafa for #22 and #14

  3. Congratulations Rafa!👏 It’s always a pleasure watching you play especially in person. Thank you for the treats, Rafa! It has been amazing watching you in R4 and tonight. All the best the rest of the tournament, will be cheering for you all the way.🍀💪❤️ It’s 5:10am in Paris, and I still couldn’t sleep.😝

    • Congratulations Mimi
      You are so lucky for Rafa
      What a wonderful sight to see our hero in person…did you get his autograph?
      Can you say our hello to him?

  4. Level of 2013 I saw yesterday
    You shattered his dreams by beating everyone favorite…. that’s why I watch you play to cherish these moments. Thank you Rafa for playing that amazing With adversity

  5. Rafa you are amazing I was so upset that you had to play Novak in the qtr finals But now that you beat him im so glad you didnt have to wait for the finals to best him. He is out of the way. Best wishes in the 2 final matches. You made so many of us fans so darn happy, we love you.

  6. Pure Rafa love-you exceeded our hopes in winning so decisively. Congratulations on a fantastic win-
    ND was so cocky before the match-all that negative drivel prematch. You fought through it all and won!
    Breathe in the moment, Rafa; enjoy-the dream continues👏👍🤛💪🎾🍀❤️❤️🔥❤️‍🔥

  7. RAFA I AM SURE YOU DON’T HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE PRAYING FOR YOU NOBODY IS MORE DERSERVING THAN RAFA GOD REALLY DID ANSWER OUR MANY PRAYERS

    • If you are invoking a religious component, then you better pray that Rafa has enough gas and grit to get through Zverev and …. Ruud….? I believe Rafa does, which is why his victory was so inspirational. Vamos, Rafa!

  8. Great match. Just 2 more and realise the 14th Trophy of French Open. God Bless. Let’s pray that he gets the necessary courage and determination as usual. Take care Rafa and keep healthy. Vamps Rafa ❤❤❤

  9. Wow, what a warrior! I was breathless watching another epic match! When Rafa was down a break in the 4th set, he just refuses to lose. He keeps charging. What amazing shot making once again! I can’t wait for the semi-final! Enjoy this sweet victory against your biggest rival! Cheers!

  10. Yesterday, I told my son: Rafa in 4 and I am now freaking out by this precise prediction..

    Regardless, thank you Rafa – you’ve made my day, heck – you’ve made my life as one of your most fervent tennis faithful.

    Judging from the post-match interview with Marion Bartoli and despite her plea for Rafa not to retire, I believe he will retire.

    Love you so much Rafa and will miss you terribly, should you so decide. Totally understand, there’s more to life than tennis.

  11. There is nobody in any sport who can compare to Rafa Nadal. He is not just a tennis champion, he is one of the kindest, most humble, most wonderful beings on our planet. He creates magic on the court, but he also is a shining model of what a man should be. I have to wish that my grandson looks up to him as a role model and learns to take on Rafa’s values. Rafa just continues to do what he loves, even at the expense of the health of his body. I pray that God heals him; Rafa is one of God’s special creations. I love you, Rafa Nadal <3

  12. ENHORABUENA!!!! sin palabras, no las hay, solo un abrazo confíe en ti, ok ok ok ,bien bien bien

  13. Tears running down my face❤️ HE DID IT, Rafa is out of this world❤️❤️❤️❤️

      • I was worried about all of you that you all didn’t show up…I was insomniac so I had to watch full match to be able to enjoy the win

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