Joaquin Heredia, Sports, The Pawprint
5,000 fans lit up the Centre Court at The French Open last night for the quarter final match between Mateo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic. That was until the clock struck 11:00 pm. France’s Covid curfew forced the crowd to leave the stadium, and play was suspended until they did so. The match ended in a deadly quiet arena in Djokovic’s favor going 6-3, 6-2, 6-7,7-5.
This was the tournament’s first night session match with a crowd, and the largest number of fans in the stadium since last year’s final.
Both players expressed how much they enjoyed the crowds’ presence, and hoped the tournament would further ease some of their Covid restrictions.
Djokovic moves on to face 13 time French Open champion, Rafael Nadal, in the semi-final. The Serbian has only defeated Nadal once before in their 8 meetings, their most recent meeting being last year’s final where the Spaniered won in straight sets.