Roland Garros Day 12 - Krejcikova makes us cry; Nadal vs. Djokovic 58 preview

Women’s semi-finals day at Roland Garros 2021 will live long in the memory, with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reaching a first Grand Slam final in her 52nd appearance and Barbora Krejcikova winning an absolute classic against Maria Sakkari. 

We discuss Krejcikova’s composure and mental resilience, her moonballling tactics, the extraordinary closing stages as match points came and went for both players, Hawkeye on clay, Krejcikova’s emotional tribute to late coach Jana Novotna, how the defeat will hit Sakkari, and the way in which Pavlyuchenkova continues to re-write her own story. 

Looking ahead to tomorrow men’s semi-finals, we discuss how much of a chance Novak Djokovic has against Rafael Nadal, and why more people aren’t talking about the fact that Nadal is two matches away from breaking Roger Federer’s men's Grand Slam record. 

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