Fans watching Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s French Open semi-final were allowed to remain beyond the local curfew following a dramatic u-turn by the local authorities.
Djokovic had just taken the lead by two sets to one when an announcement was made that people inside must leave the Philippe-Chatrier court at Roland Garros.
Supporters booed and jeered the decision and appeared to refuse to leave. Djokovic had taken the decision to head back to the locker room, while Nadal remained seated on court.
It was a repeat of the scenes from Djokovic’s quarter-final tie against Matteo Berrettini. Attendees had also been told to depart due to the local 11pm curfew in Paris.
Then, both players headed off court until fans left the venue. One viewer even needed stewards to convince him that he must go.
However, in a stunning u-turn, it was then announced that fans could remain to watch the end of the match between Djokovic and Nadal.
The decision was met by a huge cheer from those in attendance, who had witnessed a stunning match of tennis.
Djokovic had just taken a 2-1 set lead following an 80-minute third set.
It was a remarkable turnaround for the Serbian, who had trailed 5-0 in the first set before embarking on a mini revival.
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