Day 11 recap: Djokovic books Nadal showdown

 - Reem Abulleil

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Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2021, quarter-final© Corinne Dubreuil/FFT

World No.1 Novak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal for a 58th time in their careers after the Serb defeated ninth-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5 in the Roland-Garros quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Djokovic, who is into the semis on Parisian clay for an 11th time, is 1-7 against Nadal at Roland-Garros, with his most recent defeat to the Spaniard at the tournament coming in straight sets in last year's final.

Rafa reaches 14th RG semi

Diego Schwartzman snapped Nadal's streak of 36 consecutive sets won at Roland-Garros but still couldn't stop the Spaniard from reaching a record 14th semi-final on Parisian clay.

The third-seeded Nadal overcame the Argentinian 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in two hours and 45 minutes to record his 35th straight victory at Roland-Garros, where his record now stands at 105-2 win-loss.

Sakkari ends Swiatek's title defence

Maria Sakkari scored her second top-10 victory in three days with a commanding 6-4, 6-4 result to end Iga Swiatek's title defence in Paris and snap the Pole's 22-set winning streak at Roland-Garros.

The No.17 seed, who is the first Greek woman to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, also ended Swiatek's 10-match winning run that started in Rome, where she lifted the trophy last month.

Swiatek needed an off-court medical timeout in the second set and continued the match with her right thigh strapped.

The 20-year-old was nowhere near her level from earlier in the week but Sakkari was also determined and showed the kind of performance that saw her end Naomi Osaka's 23-match winning streak in March in Miami.

"No, I'm speechless. It's a dream come true. It's a really nice feeling and I couldn't have done it without my team and their support. I just want to thank them, we still have a long way to go, but we've taken a step forward today," said Sakkari, who was overcome with emotions as she sat down on her bench after the win, her face buried in her towel.

Krejcikova overcomes Gauff

Sakkari will next take on Barbora Krejcikova, who survived a wild first set before she blasted into a maiden Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-6(6), 6-3 victory over 24th-seeded Coco Gauff.

The former doubles world No.1 extended her current winning streak to 10 consecutive matches, having picked up the title in Strasbourg on the eve of the tournament.

The 17-year-old Gauff was also on a streak following her title triumph in Parma but her nine-match winning run came to an end at the hands of Krejcikova,

Krejcikova fought from 0-3 and 3-5 down in the opening set, and saved five set points, before taking the 72-minute opening set.


The Czech world No.33 sped to a 5-0 lead in the second set, and held three match points while serving at 5-1, but nerves took over as she surrendered five consecutive points to give Gauff a lifeline.

Despite saving two more match points, Gauff eventually succumbed, sending Krejcikova into the final four.

"Already for me this is something I never dreamed of," an ecstatic Krejcikova told Fabrice Santoro on court.

Dubs delight for Podoroska and Begu

Nadia Podoroska was not able to match her semi-final run from last year in singles this time around but the Argentinian booked a spot in the doubles semi-finals at Roland-Garros on Wednesday alongside her partner, Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, with 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 success over American Shelby Rogers and Croatian Petra Martic.

Nadia Podoroska, Irina-Camelia Begu, women's doubles quarter-finals© Cédric Lecocq/FFT