Beyond the Baseline

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.