July 25, 2021

Djokovic defeats him and goes to the final

Nadal Djokovic

Spanish Rafa Nadal, 13 times champion of Roland Garros, lost this Friday in the semifinals of the Parisian Grand Slam against Serbian Novak Djokovic, one of his two rivals in the race for being the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles in history.

The victory had double value, reaching the final of Roland Garros and eliminating the rival with capital letters for the title, but also separating him from the three-way contest for being the most successful player in history in the Grand Slam, and holding the honorary title best tennis player of all time.

Nadal thus remains with 20 Grand Slam titles in his record, the same as the Swiss Roger Federer, and two more than Djokovic.

But the Serbian’s shadow this time was too long for Nadal in Paris, and the Mallorcan suffered the third defeat in his 108 games played in his fetish tournament.

Epic match between Nadal and Djokovic

Djokovic, who won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, in 4 hours and 11 minutes of epic match, will seek his second title on the Parisian brick dust on Sunday against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Emotion, brilliant game, equality, intensity, the duel between the two colossi -which have faced each other 58 times- did not disappoint the expectations of the fans, who thanks to a government exception were able to watch the game until its end despite the touch of It remains in force in France from 11:00 pm local time.

Nadal got to get 5-0 in favor in the first set, which augured a quick and placid match in the image of the 2020 final against the same rival. But the script quickly went awry. Already in that first set Djokovic made up the result to 6-3 and announced that he would not give his arm to twist so easily.

Deciding third set

The Serbian would respond with an identical 6-3 in the second set, and would hit Nadal’s waterline, taking a third set that lasted 97 minutes in the tie-break.

“In the end, of course, if you win the third set, it can be said that it is the key, because the panorama changes, but I am not a fan of talking about the matches in terms of one point,” explained the Mallorcan at a press conference. more to conclude the match.

Physically and morally weakened, the fourth and final fell without much opposition from the Serbian side. “I have not been able to mark the differences as other times, at times my ball did not hurt,” he acknowledged.

“You have to give him credit, congratulate him, I know I can play better on this court,” he added.

Djokovic, who qualified for his sixth Parisian Grand Slam final, will become the first man in more than 50 years to win all four Grand Slams in the event of lifting the cup on Sunday.

«If you want to beat Rafa on his court, you must play your best tennis. This afternoon I did my best tennis ”, explained Djokovic at the foot of the court Philippe-Chatrier. The Serbian is the only tennis player to have beaten Nadal twice on Parisian clay, after 2015.

An opinion that Nadal did not share: “I have not faced the best Djokovic, but he has not faced my best self either,” he said.

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