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LIVE: Nadal wins exhausting first set after tiebreak, can Zverev provide an answer?  † Roland Garros

LIVE: Nadal wins exhausting first set after tiebreak, can Zverev provide an answer? † Roland Garros

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Rafael Nadal (ATP-5) is the uncrowned clay king. In Paris this year, he’s looking forward to an unexpected fourteenth overall victory. In the previous round, Novak Djokovic was put aside after a thrilling fight. Is he also now putting Alexander Zverev (ATP-3) above his knee? Follow the party with updates.

  1. 4 pm 47. Nadal immediately breaks Zverev’s serve in Group 2. All hands on deck for Zverev at once! Nadal continues his momentum and breaks the German’s serve: 1-0 in the second set. & nbsp; †
  2. 16h 37. Nadal still scored the longest finish in Group 1! The first set lasted 91 minutes. A tough start in which Nadal can finally run in the first set. He struggled his way back in the tiebreak and eventually managed to capitalize on his third set point: 8-10 in the tiebreak, 7-6 in the first set, 1-0 in the semifinals for Rafael Nadal. & nbsp; †
  3. 4 p.m. 33. Suddenly it’s set for Nadal! Zverev does not fall into the trap and does not allow himself to be afraid. We’ll go to 7-7. †
  4. 4 PM 27. Nice ball keeps Nadal upright! Zverev pushes Nadal to the limit but he can’t reward his four points. Nadal is all over the field, hitting a delicious ball across the field that’s elusive for Zverev. Nadal returns to 6-6! & nbsp; †
  5. 4 pm 26. The best hand in the tiebreak is by Alexander Zverev. The German plays a great tiebreak and finishes 2-6. & nbsp; †
  6. 4 pm 17. A tiebreaker! Zverev also wins the serve match. So the tiebreak must determine the final winner of the first set. & nbsp; †
  7. 4 pm 13. It will be a long match… expected to be a solid working day for Nadal and Zverev. We’re way past the clock and the first set hasn’t been played. Numbers 5 and 3 are very similar. Meanwhile, Nadal managed to win his serve match: 6-5. †
  8. 4 PM 08. Because there are such tensions in this match we don’t see the best quality of play. Dirk Jirlo on Radio 1.
  9. 15 hours 59. Zverev fights back. What an exciting story! Zverev survives 3 set points on his serve and fights to 5-5. Things are not going well for Nadal at the moment. †
  10. 3 p.m. 56. Zverev does not know what hit him. Suddenly, Nadal found an answer to the strength of his tennis. Nadal reaches a specific point! †
  11. 15:46 Nadal on the right track! He takes the lead for the first time in the semi-finals: 5-4. †
  12. 15 Q 42. Zverev loses his racket! The German is sweaty, or so it seems. With a high ball from Nadal, the tennis racket slips from his hands. That led to Nadal’s first birthday present, the Spaniard breaking Zverev’s save. He is right again. We can start over. †
  13. 15 h 42. For the first time, Zverev appears troubled. Nadal reached a break point at 3-4. Can Nadal make up for his first lost match? †
  14. 3 pm 29. Both gentlemen are now winning matches. Zverev is particularly impressive. He won his last game with a love game: 2-4. †
  15. 15:20 For a moment, it looks like Nadal will also have to give up the third match, but he’s fighting back and can win his first match of the match: 1-2. & nbsp; †
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