SI.com Staff
Friday June 7th, 2013

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic (left) and Rafael Nadal lived up to the hype in their semifinal. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal outlasted Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 9-7 in the semifinals of the French Open on Friday.

The match lasted four hours and 37 minutes as the rivals met expectations in a clash that was highly anticipated the moment the draw was released two weeks ago.

Nadal, playing only his second five-set match at Roland Garros, advanced to Sunday's final and ended Djokovic's bid for his first French Open title.

Here's a sampling of the Twitter reaction from current and former pros to Nadal's victory.

https://twitter.com/PatrickMcEnroe/status/343032976487104518

https://twitter.com/TipsarevicJanko/status/343012375240261635

https://twitter.com/Martina/status/343033055423889408

https://twitter.com/Martina/status/343031466739003392

https://twitter.com/gugakuerten/status/343043693223231488

https://twitter.com/milosraonic/status/343037896674115585

https://twitter.com/Clijsterskim/status/343033061472079872

https://twitter.com/rennaestubbs/status/343024494337728513

https://twitter.com/flavia_pennetta/status/343034981272154112

https://twitter.com/justingimelstob/status/343034722026393600

https://twitter.com/mattebden/status/343035779494322176

https://twitter.com/RoscoHutchins/status/343035182154125312

https://twitter.com/AlinaJidkova/status/343033066027102208

https://twitter.com/feliciano_lopez/status/343035360676290560

https://twitter.com/MardyFish/status/343023849979392000

https://twitter.com/PatrickMcEnroe/status/343029040694837249

https://twitter.com/andy_murray/status/343080904949919745 https://twitter.com/AmerDelic/status/343067822143963136

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