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Tennis pros react to Rafael Nadal's win over Novak Djokovic in French classic

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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