French Open: Djokovic and Nadal will face each other in the semi-finals

French Open: Djokovic and Nadal will face each other in the semi-finals

Paris: World number one Novak Djokovic won four sets to reach the semi-finals of the French Open tennis tournament where he will face 13-time champion Rafael Nadal. Due to the Kovid curfew, there was no spectator in the stadium to watch this exciting match. Djokovic, after going through a few odd moments, defeated ninth seed Matteo Berrettini 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5 in the match.

Djokovic said that it was a very difficult match. I was feeling stressed the whole time. Now he has to face his arch-rival Nadal, who has a 105-2 record in this tournament on claycourt. Nadal defeated tenth seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3 4-6 6-4, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Regarding the match against Djokovic, Nadal said that we both know each other very well. Everyone knows that anything can happen in matches like these. Nadal has reached the semi-finals for the 14th time in the French Open while Djokovic has reached the semi-finals for the 11th time. In the Grand Slam tournament, Djokovic managed to make 40th and Nadal 35th time in the last four. Nadal and Roger Federer have won 20 while Djokovic has won 18 Grand Slam titles. These two players will face each other for the 58th time.

Djokovic is currently leading 29-28 but Nadal is leading 10-6 at the Grand Slam and 7-1 at the French Open. The other semi-final in the men's section will be between fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and sixth seed Aleksandr Zverev. In the women's section, the four players who made it to the semi-finals have reached the last four of the Grand Slam tournament for the first time. The last time this happened was in 1978 at the Australian Open. In the women's semi-finals, Maria Sakari will face Barbora Krejcikova while Anastasia Pavlichenkova will face Tamara Zidansek.


This England fast bowler said - remove the ICC 'soft signal' rule

This England fast bowler said - remove the ICC 'soft signal' rule

Birmingham: Veteran England pacer Stuart Broad wants the ICC to do away with the 'soft signal' rule as it does not live up to expectations and leaves match officials in a dire situation. Broad said this after the controversial decision involving New Zealand batsman Devon Conway in the second Test. Broad believed Conway was caught by Jacques Crowley at slip for 22. The on-field umpire left the decision to TV umpire Michael Gough who softly signaled not out.

Conway took full advantage of the opportunity and scored 80 runs to put New Zealand in a strong position. Broad said before the third day's play that you can understand from our reaction on the field that we thought he was out. Jacques felt the ball had landed in his hand and saw Joe Root at first slip and James Brassie behind the wicket who were a yard away from it. He knew that the ball was in his hand.

But it is not the fault of the umpires who are 40 yards away, he said. This rule has made their position difficult. Broad appealed to the ICC to look into this and take necessary measures. If you look at the positive and negative aspects of this rule, the negative is more. I think this is a bad rule and ICC should remove it without waiting for the next meeting.


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