Novak Djokovic follows Roger Federer's unique Major achievement



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Novak Djokovic follows Roger Federer's unique Major achievement

Since the beginning of the Open era, 19 players have reached multiple semi-finals at Majors. In the previous 20 years, that feat has been reserved only for five competitors, including the 'big 3,' Andy Murray and Andy Roddick.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are miles in front of all the others with 46, 38 and 34, with the latter two passing the semi-final round at Roland Garros to set the final clash. The 19 players' list becomes significantly reduced when we talk about those who have played in ten semi-finals at a single Major, with Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic standing proud on it.

Roger Federer has reached the semi-final at three different Majors, with Novak Djokovic joining him as the second player with multiple last four appearances after a deep run in Paris. With nine semi-finals at Wimbledon and eight at the Australian Open (converted into eight titles), the Serb will have a chance to become the first player with ten semi-finals at all four Majors in the next couple of years and confirm his incredible consistency at every of four most notable tennis tournaments.

At Roland Garros, Djokovic lost the opening set in the quarter-final against Pablo Carreno Busta, overcoming an injury and sealing the deal in four sets to book Stefanos Tsitsipas clash. Playing in the tenth semi-final in Paris, Novak had to work hard to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-2 in three hours and 54 minutes.

Djokovic prevailed to reach the first final in Paris since 2016 and the 27th Major title match overall, facing Rafael Nadal in awaited Sunday's final. Competing in the semis at Roland Garros for the first time, Tsitsipas lost the opening two sets despite a solid effort, wasting his chances and not finding the way to convert any break opportunity.

Novak Djokovic is the second player with ten semi-finals at multiple Majors.

Novak served for the triumph at 5-4 in set number three, wasted a match point and got broken for the first time, allowing Tsitsipas to extend the encounter.

With momentum on his side, the Greek grabbed another break in game 12, stealing the set and boosting his chances. The youngest Roland Garros semi-finalist since 2009 fended off ten out of 11 break points in the fourth set, converting both opportunities on the return to take it 6-04 and force a decider.

Starting all over, the champion from 2016 recovered his strokes and dominated in the fifth set, breaking the rival's resistance and advancing into the title match for the first time in four years. Novak's first semi-final in Paris came in 2007 at 20, reaching it eight times in the previous ten seasons.