Novak Djokovic defeated a myth called Rafa Nadal
Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the men’s ATP ranking, surprised Rafael Nadal, number 3, during the 2021 Rolland Garros Semifinal.
Nadal and Djokovic for the Grand Slam for 2021
The 34-year-old Serbian Novak Djokovic won his second title of the second Grand Slam of the year 2021 in his sixth final after defeating Rafa Nadal in his semifinal in the rivalry with the most matches in the Open Era. In his history, of the 83 trophies that he garnered throughout his career, Djokovic has 19 Grand Slam titles.
Despite this, the distribution of those is not the most even of all due to a simple connection: Rafael Nadal, clay, and Roland Garros. Therefore, by beating Manacorí he will allow him to get his second win at the French Grand Slam. Consequently, he is added to the list with 9 Opens from Australia, 5 from Wimbledon, and 3 from the United States.
The Serbian at a press conference said that “it is difficult to find words other than all the superlatives that can be thought of in Rafa’s achievements at Roland Garros,” added the 34-year-old, who leads his clashes against the Spanish. times Roland Garros champion, 30 to 28.
“It is quite possibly the best match in which I have participated in Roland Garros, and in the Top-3 of all the matches of my career if we take into account the quality of the tennis played, the fact that I was playing against my biggest rival, on the court where he won so much and where he has dominated for the last 15 years, but also because of the very electric atmosphere”, said ‘Nole’.
Nadal is saddened by the downfall
Meanwhile, Nadal was saddened by his downfall. “Life goes on, it is nothing more than a defeat on a tennis court,” Spanish Rafael Nadal, world number 3 and 13-time Roland Garros champion, relativized this Friday. This was after falling in the semifinals of the Grand Slam in Paris against Novak Djokovic. “I am sad to have lost in the most important tournament of the year for me, but life goes on, it is nothing more than a defeat on a tennis court”, said Nadal.
He also mentioned that: “It is a very important tournament for me. I am aware that you cannot win the tournament 15 or 16 times. Next year I will return, God willing, with the hope and with the work necessary to be able to give me another option”.
Djokovic Facing Stefanos Tsitsipas
For this reason, Novak Djokovic faced Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. This was an exciting final of Roland Garros 2021 held on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Although Djokovic’s match was longer (four hours and 11 minutes), and Tsipsipas (3 hours and 37 minutes). The experience of the Serbian is essential to obtain the second Rolland Garros and the grand slam number 19 of his career. The partials of the match were 6-7; 2-6; 3-6; 2-6; 4-6 so Nole rallied the first two sets. In the first two sets, Tsitsipas was superior.
Interestingly, at 22, Greek Tsitsipas became the first player from his country to reach a Grand Slam final. He also becomes the youngest to do so since Andy Murray in 2010.