Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal stun with 'ridiculous' French Open act

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Novak Djokovic (pictured right) looking frustrated at his player's box and (pictured left) Rafa Nadal reacting after losing a point at the French Open.|
Novak Djokovic (pictured right) fought back from 0-3 down in the second set against Rafa Nadal (pictured left) to win 6-4 with the first seven games taking a remarkable 67 minutes. (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal have produced a remarkable second set of tennis in the men's quarter-final at the French Open that took more than 67 minutes to complete just seven games.

The 13-time Roland Garros champion came out firing and took the the first set 6-2 in a brilliant start against the World No.1.

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Nadal also jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second with a rattled Djokovic looking for answers to compete with ferocity of the Spaniard.

However, Djokovic dug deep and claimed the next four games.

Djokovic's turn around saw some remarkable rallies played in a huge momentum swing that saw him level the match.

And in a remarkable stat, the pair battled it out for 67 minutes just to complete seven games in the second set.

It took nearly 30 minutes for a change of ends in the second set.

During the epic set, Nadal was handed a time violation for slowing down the shot clock in the heat of the battle.

Following his comeback, Djokovic let out an almighty roar right in front of the crowd, and Nadal walking past, as he reached his bench.

Right after the roar, the chair umpire appeared to speak to Djokovic about the incident.

The tennis world erupted over the 'ridiculous' scenes unfolding.

While Djokovic stole the second set, Nadal produced a similar comeback in the fourth to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in a French Open classic.

Nadal will now take on Alexander Zverev in the men's semi-final.

Novak Djokovic booed upon entry

Before the match got underway, there were ugly scenes as both players walked out onto court, with spectators on Court Philippe-Chatrier loudly booing Djokovic.

The World No.1 has never experience much crowd support at Roland Garros and was never going to have the crowd on his side against the 13-time champion Nadal.

Nevertheless, American legend McEnroe was still shocked to hear the boos that rained down on Djokovic on Tuesday.

“No other player has had to deal with more adversity," McEnroe said on Eurosport.

"It is unfair, I’ve got to say that. This guy has turned lemons into lemonade more often than any player in the history of tennis, and if you don’t think it bothers him, you’re nuts.

"He is so mentally tough that he can deal with this and somehow channel that anger and frustration over what he feels is a lack of respect - and I feel it is too.”

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