A huge day of French Open action saw two veterans battle it out as two younger stars also looked to outshine the other.
The Sporting News wraps up the best of the French Open action from Day 10.
Nadal shows trademark grit in Djokovic win
Rafael Nadal showed why he’s enjoyed so much success at the French Open after overcoming Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in their quarter-final clash on Tuesday.
The Spaniard, only just back from injury, looked destined to be forced to five sets before fighting back impressively in the fourth to win the match in a tie-break.
Both played some top-notch tennis with Djokovic saving three match points, but Nadal was the more clinical of the two and will now be a strong favourite to win his 14th French Open title with the home crowd very much behind him.
“I’m very emotional. It’s really incredible to play here. I say thank you, thank you and thank you again to everyone here,” Nadal said post-match.
“It’s the most important tournament of my career and the support from you is very special.
“A very, very tough match. To win against Novak, there is only one way, and that’s to play at your best.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 31, 2022
Alcaraz stumbles on biggest stage yet
Carlos Alcaraz was made to pay for some of his Grand Slam inexperience after being beaten in the quarter-finals by Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6 (9-7).
The 19-year-old, who has enjoyed a breakthrough year, was making only his second quarter-final appearance at a Grand Slam event and stumbled against a much more consistent Zverev.
Despite multiple unforced errors, Alcaraz showed plenty of fight and will no doubt learn a lot from the loss.
“At this level, a quarter-final of a Grand Slam, you are playing against the best players in the world so you have to start the match better than I did,” Alcaraz said
“I have to take the lesson. I leave the court, leave the tournament with my head very high. I fought until the last ball, until the last second and I’m proud of it.”
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 31, 2022
Unseeded Trevisan continues impressive run
Italian Martina Trevisan booked her place in the French Open semi-finals with 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 win over 19th-seed Leylah Fernandez.
The 28-year-old only made her Grand Slam debut in 2020 and has never previously made it past the second round.
Trevisan, currently ranked 59 in the world, will face 18-year-old American Coco Gauff in the semi-finals and seems ready to seize her chance after overcoming some nerves.
“I looked around me and I was in the most important court in the world,” Trevisan said.
“Even I felt a lot of tension and I was so nervous, because even my arms felt it, but I was happy anyway. I accepted the situation, because, as I say, it was normal to feel the tension because I was playing for my semifinal, and I was in the match point.
“So I accepted the situation and I tried to be focused on every point. That was, I think, the most important thing that I did today.”
Gauff, 18, awaits Trevisan after beating fellow American Sloane Stephens 7-5 6-2 in the quarter-finals.
The youngster is yet to drop a set at the tournament and has never played a semi-final at a Grand Slam event before.