World number 1, Novak Djokovic’s 40th Grand Slam semifinal after Wednesday’s victory against Berrettini with today’s woman’s semi final kick off
Week’s Tennis roundup:
Djokovic scored another victory yesterday after smashing world number 9, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5. Djokovic’s 11th semifinal performance at Roland Garros lags world number 3, Rafael Nadal’s tally of 14, the pair meet tomorrow at 10.30AM GMT head to head for the semi final.
For the ninth time at the French Open Nadal and Djokovic do battle, with Nadal in the mix for a record 21st Grand Slam title.
“Djokovic is one of the best players ever. We know each other well and anything can happen when you face him” said Nadal yesterday ahead of the battle.
The winner of tomorrow’s semi final match will go in to battle against either world number 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, or number 6 Sascha Zverev in the Roland Garros men’s final on Sunday whilst the Tsitsipas and Zverev contest to determine who goes forward also kicks off tomorrow.
The pair are too closely matched for us to fairly predict, with the bookies shortening the odds more in favour of Nadal pulling through with his 21st Grand Slam but for a sporting bet, and we are not encouraging this, our money’s on a win by Djokovic.
Tomorrow’s matches are be broadcast on the Tennis Channel and NBC, which can be streamed live on fuboTV and on AT&T TV.
Today also brings us the women’s semi-finals with four champs face the Grand Slam. Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will do battle against Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek whilst Maria Sakkari from Greece plays against Czech, Barbora Krejcikova.
Zidansek is the Slovenia’s first ever to a Grand Slam semi final, also being 32-year old Pavlyuchenkova’s first, the spring in the step of Zidansek may just give the edge she needs to make it through.
Also meeting for their first time Grand Slam semi finals at Roland Garros is Maria Sakkari of Greece and Czech Barbora Krejcikova. We don’t come close to predicting the outcome of either of the first two Women’s French Open semi final games but we will be watching closely to see how the ladies fair up.