Rafael Nadal loses to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open.

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Rafael Nadal loses to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open.

At the French Open, Rafael Nadal lost for the third time in his career, as Novak Djokovic triumphed in a thrilling semi-final.

After losing the first five games, the world number one rallied to win 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2 after four hours and eleven minutes, with supporters granted special permission to stay past Paris’ 11 p.m. curfew.

On Sunday, Djokovic will face Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller to reach his maiden grand slam final.

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After the over-rule that could have cost Barbora Krejcikova a place in the singles final, debate raged on Friday about the merits of utilizing line-calling technology on clay. HawkEye, which is employed by TV corporations but not the event, showed the ball to be out, which infuriated many analysts and former players.

“It’s a long debate we’ve had previously — the image HawkEye provides and the mark that actually shows on the court can be different,” tournament director Guy Forget told Eurosport. Should we display it on TV if the ball crosses the line and HawkEye shows it as out since the system isn’t 100 percent accurate?”

Eurosport has a new sponsorship contract.

After Discovery, the channel’s parent company, agreed a new deal with the French Tennis Federation until 2026, the French Open will be shown on Eurosport in the UK for at least another five years.

Tennis is becoming more popular in the United Kingdom.

The lack of playing opportunities in the United Kingdom has long been cited as one of the reasons for the country’s scarcity of tour-level players. In addition to the grass-court schedule, the Lawn Tennis Association has committed to hosting at least 30 lower-level professional events in 2022.

However, due to current challenges in staging tournaments, including as travel limitations and exorbitant expenses, no events will be held from July to September, resulting in the Murray Trophy being canceled for this year in Glasgow.

Who’ll be up next?

Krejcikova. (This is a brief piece.)

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