Djokovic vs. Nadal: Score, Highlights for French Open 2013 Men's Semifinals

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystJune 7, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07:  Rafael Nadal of Spain throws his sweat band into the crowd as he celebrates match point in the men's singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 7, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Rafael Nadal remains the king of clay. The Spanish superstar eliminated top-ranked Novak Djokovic in a five-set French Open semifinal thriller Friday that lasted 4 hours and 37 minutes. 

Nadal, a seven-time event champion, prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7, denying Djokovic an opportunity to become the eighth man to complete a career grand slam. The Serb fought back from a fourth-set deficit to force an epic showdown in the final frame but once again exits Paris empty-handed.

The hallowed red clay of Roland Garros played host to a memorable showdown between two of the game's greats. The victory adds to Nadal's growing legend as a French Open mainstay and continues his monopoly on titles at the tournament.

He is now 58-1 at the event, reaching his eighth final in nine years. Nadal is now 20-15 versus Djokovic, owning a 13-3 advantage on clay surface.

Nadal awaits a finals collision with the winner of David Ferrer versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is the first Frenchman to advance this far since 2008. 

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