Novak Djokovic route to the final | Serb’s shot at glory ends in the quarter final

Andrew Francis in French Open 01 Jun 2022
Djokovic in action (Alamy Stock Photo)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the French Open at the quarter final stage by old adversary, Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s Paris dominance with a four-set win over the Spaniard in last year’s semi-finals, but Nadal returned the favour this year with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory.

Djokovic was hoping to pick up his first grand slam win of the year at the tournament but his victory over Matteo Berrettini in the 2021 Wimbledon final remains his last big trophy win.

For Djokovic to go all the way in the French Open, he had a tricky run thanks to a top-heavy draw. Straight set victories over Yoshihito Nishioka, Alex Molčan and Aljaž Bedene set the Serb up with a tie against Diego Schwartzman. Djokovic once again won in straight sets, meaning he entered a mouth watering quarter final tie with Nadal.

It was certainly a match that delivered the drama and excitement we’ve come to expect from these two but Nadal came out on top, leaving Djokovic to switch his focus to retaining his Wimbledon title.

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Novak Djokovic potential route to French Open final

Round Opponent
Round one Beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-1, 6-0
Round two Beat Alex Molcan 6-2, 6-3, 7-6
Round three Beat Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Round four Beat Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-3, 6-3
Quarter-final Lost to Rafael Nadal 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
Semi-final
Final

French Open latest odds Men’s Singles

 

Player Sky Bet Paddy Power
Rafael Nadal 4/9 4/9
Alexander Zverev 4/1 4/1
Casper Ruud 9/1 9/1
Andrey Rublev 12/1 14/1
You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (00:00, 20/05/2022). BeGambleAware.

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