A memorable game leaves Nadal without a final
Djokovic revisits and rewrites history,
Nadal remains at the gates of the final
Djokovic in the final after a great duel
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Djokovic abandons Nadal after an epic game
Nadal, the king of the earth, fell from his pedestal. Supported. “
Always with you Rafa,
” Marca in the front page. The Iberian daily which elected him "
Spanish sportsman of the century in 2020
" recounts: "
Djokovic dethrones Nadal in Paris after four epic hours. He fell for the third time on Paris soil in 108 matches.
The fans who filled all that could contain Philippe Chatrier attended a historic event, Rafael Nadal returned to lose a match at Roland Garros six years later against the one who had been his last executioner. Robin Söderling had beaten him in the round of 16 in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals in 2015. The Serbian giant did it again with a display of physical and tennis power that will hit the headlines and go down in tennis annals.
Marca slips that at the end of the match, Nadal had "
" and delivers the feelings of the fallen king. "
" but not wanting to make it "
You can't win 15 times, but I can't wait to come back. I'm not a person who celebrates when you win and I'm not the type to make big dramas when you lose. I am ready to accept victory and defeat; even though it's a very important tournament for me, i know you can't win 15 or 16 times. I will come back with the illusion and the necessary work.
Djokovic changes history
One day he had to lose. This is the third time in seventeen years that Nadal has lost at Roland Garros. If anyone could beat Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros, where the Spaniard had only been beaten twice in 16 years, it was Novak Djokovic. Because he is one of the best tennis players of all time, currently number one, and because he had already managed to beat the great dominator of the tournament six years ago, in the quarterfinals of 2015 Novak now dominates the head-to-head by 30 wins to 28 and stops the five-game winning streak against him as the world number three on clay.
The final will oppose, this Sunday, Novak Djokovic to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rafael Nadal (13 titles in Paris) will be far. And As to reveal the questions that beset Nadal "
" about Wimbledon: "
It's different, I'm not 25, 26 or 27, now I'm 35, I have to see how I recover at all the levels and then the decision will be made if I play Wimbledon or not. These are things that we see with the days and now I am not in a position to make that decision. I don't have the physical clarity, nor the mental clarity to be able to think about it two weeks in advance. And he made it clear that his body and head needed a break. I need quiet time and vacation days to breathe a littleto enjoy the good weather in Mallorca.