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June 8, 2013

Nadal edges Djokovic 9-7 in 5th in French Open semifinals


Friday, though, “was a real emotional match,” Nadal said.

There were bits of everything, including Djokovic’s running complaint — one he continued afterward — that the court was too dry and dusty on a sunny, 82-degree (28 C) afternoon and should have been watered.

Nadal shook his head when he was docked a point by chair umpire Pascal Maria for taking too much time before serving, at set point in the third, no less. Djokovic was warned for violating the same rule in the fifth set, up a break and serving at 4-3, 40-all. Right after, he ended a 15-stroke exchange with a volley smash winner, but his momentum carried him into the net, which players are not allowed to touch, so the point was awarded to Nadal, who eventually broke back there.

“Probably,” Vajda said, “the most decisive point.”

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