Djokovic and Nadal advance to French Open semifinals

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Djokovic and Nadal advance to French Open semifinals

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reached his 12th consecutive Grand Slam semi-final following a straight sets win over Tommy Haas at Roland Garros on Wednesday.

The World number one, who committed just six unforced errors in the first set, needed a tie break to clinch the second before stepping it up a gear in the third, eventually winning through 6-3, 7-6, 7-5.

Djokovic will next lock horns with Spain’s Rafael Nadal with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga playing David Ferrer in the other semi-final.

And in the women’s draw, defending champion Maria Sharapova also progressed after downing Jelena Jankovic.

The 26 year old, who had entered the contest with a 7-1 win-loss record over her old sparring partner, overcame a dreadful opening set to edge out her opponent 0-6 6-4 6-3 and keep alive her hopes of retaining the Cup.

Sharapova will next face third-seeded Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka who beat Russian Maria Kirilenko 7-6 6-2.