|Place: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: May 28-June 11|
|Coverage: Live text and radio commentary of selected matches on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and app|
Novak Djokovic is one win away from a record 23rd major men’s title after advancing to the French Open final by beating Carlos Alcaraz in a match blighted by the Spaniard’s injury.
With a thrilling match delicately close at one set apiece, Alcaraz was stopped early in the third with cramps.
He continued twice after the treatment but Serbia’s Djokovic made the most of it to run away with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory.
Djokovic, 36, will play either Casper Ruud or Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.
Norwegian fourth seed Ruud was the beaten finalist last year, while German 22nd seed Zverev is back in the semi-finals after suffering a serious ankle injury on court 12 months ago.
Coincidentally, before Zverev’s return to the last four, this year’s opening semi-final was also cut short by a physical problem, although thankfully top seed Alcaraz’s problem was not as severe as the injury to the German, which kept him out for several months.
But it was enough to spoil an encounter that was becoming a classic.
“First of all, I have to say good luck to Carlos,” Djokovic said in his courtside interview.
“At this level the last thing you want is cramps and physical problems. I feel for him, I’m sorry, I hope he recovers and comes back soon.
“He knows how young he is, he’s got a lot of time ahead of him and he’s going to win this tournament many times.”
Alcaraz, 20, smashed a forehand into the net on Djokovic’s second match point, bowing his head as he headed to the net, where the third seed was waiting to embrace his younger rival.
Djokovic cheered Alcaraz off the court along with the crowd, but only after the two-time champion received some boos as he celebrated reaching another final by pointing to the sky.
The mood turned more festive when Djokovic took the microphone after the match, with fans chanting the former world number one’s name.
“It’s difficult for him not to know whether to retire or finish the match, but congratulations for showing fighting spirit and holding on,” added Djokovic.
“I just tried to stay focused, stay present and not think too much about what was happening on the other side of the net.”
More to follow.