Matteo Berrettini

Wednesday is the final day of quarterfinals at the French Open, where four men and four women are vying for the final two spots in their semifinals. We've got big names like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on the court, and Coco Gauff is attempting to get to the semis at a Grand Slam for the very first time. 

Follow along below for Wednesday's results.

Djokovic holds off Berrettini

Djokovic was Djokovic on Wednesday, which means he's through to the French Open semifinals. He beat Italy's Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5 to advance to his 11th semifinal at Roland-Garros.

Despite a start that looked slow for Berrettini, both players were extremely competitive throughout the match. Berrettini has sizzling speed on both his first and second serves, and made bold choices to try and beat the seemingly unbeatable Djokovic. 

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Berrettini had several chances in the first set to take control of the match and put some pressure on Djokovic. But despite hitting quality shots, he just couldn't get past Djokovic's defenses. Berrettini won just two games in the second set, and suddenly he was staring down the possibility of a straight sets loss.  

With the win within reach for Djokovic, Berrettini made every effort to build momentum and extend the match in the third set. He started unleashing triple-digit forehands, with one of them clocking in at 113 mph, and whistled in an ace to go up 5-4. 

Novak Djokovic standing in front of a crowd: Novak Djokovic had to pull out all the stops to beat Matteo Berrettini and his scorching forehand. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Novak Djokovic had to pull out all the stops to beat Matteo Berrettini and his scorching forehand. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

But every time Berrettini was able to claw out an advantage, Djokovic was able to take it right back. He threw everything he had at Djokovic, but Berrettini couldn't stop him from forcing a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, despite Berrettini and Djokovic matching each other at every turn, Berrettini finally pulled out a win. Just like his fourth-round match against Lorenzo Musetti, Djokovic was having trouble with an Italian. 

It didn't get any easier for either player from there, especially once the raucous crowd was finally forced to leave just minutes before the curfew at 11 p.m. local time, requiring a break of nearly 20 minutes. Once they got going again, they didn't miss a beat. Berrettini took it to the very end, fending off several match points to the shouting, sign-kicking frustration of Djokovic. Barely three minutes after throwing a mini-tantrum, he finally closed it out.

In the semifinals, Djokovic will face 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal recovers from lost set to oust Diego Schwartzman

Rafa Nadal is headed somewhere he knows very well: the French Open semifinals. 

The king of Roland-Garros defeated Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, finding his way to another win despite brilliant early play from Schwartzman.

Wednesday was the first time Nadal had been seriously challenged so early in a match, and he was pushed to the limit. After he took the first set, Schwartzman started answering back with gusto. Nadal seemed off-kilter, letting a unforced errors get the best of him while Schwartzman took advantage at every turn. Schwartzman took the set, giving Nadal his first set loss of the entire tournament. 


Video: Djokovic ready for "biggest rival" Nadal after dramatic win over Berrettini (Reuters)

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