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Nadal battles past Djokovic in late-night classic at French Open

Rafael Nadal won a classic late-night battle with old foe Novak Djokovic to reach the semi-finals of the French Open.

The Spaniard, looking for a 14th Roland Garros title, battled to a 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) victory over the defending champion and world No 1, in a match lasting four hours and 12 minutes which finished at 1.15 am local time.

A very tough match," said Nadal. "Novak is one of the best players in history and playing against him is always an amazing challenge. Today was another one.

"The only way to win against him is to play your best from the first point to the last. A magic night for me."

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