Fallen in the semifinals of the invincible Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic measured after the match the full scope of his feat. The Serbian, who will meet Stéfanos Tsitsipás in the last on Sunday, mentioned he played one among the largest matches of his profession, if not the finest.
Rarely has the world #1 been poured out on a microphone as a lot as this Friday night, decked out with a very touching sincerity, after the resounding feat he had simply achieved by dropping Rafael Nadal on his favourite courtroom, Roland-Garros. A clay courtroom the place the 35-year-old Marjorquin had to this point solely misplaced … twice, for 105 successes.
By profitable in 4 units and 4:11 of play (3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2), Novak Djokovic signed a sensational efficiency towards the world quantity 3, and gained with the method this duel of titans, form of final problem. “Obviously to win against Rafa you have to play your best tennis, he smiled after the match. And it was my best tennis tonight. It’s hard to find the words to explain what pressure it is to play here. , that’s something very special in our sport. “
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“Beat Nadal, here on ‘his’ court…”
On his solution to face the Greek Stéfanos Tsitsipás in the last on Sunday, the 34-year-old Serb struggled to realize, a couple of minutes after his loopy match. “It was surely the greatest game I have played here in Paris, for sure. A game with the most beautiful atmosphere, and the most beautiful energy. The support for both players was incredible, you were fantastic “, he thanked in entrance of the viewers of Roland, who benefited from a dispensation from the authorities to comply with the final hour of this duel which can stay in the annals of tennis. And Djokovic to proceed: “It was the most special match that I played in Paris, and even of my whole career. To beat Nadal, here, on” his “court, where he lost only twice in all his career … I am very proud, very happy. (…) The work is not finished. “
If he wins on Sunday, the Major-18 man will turn into the solely participant in the Open period to have gained each Grand Slam match twice. “I will remember it all my life,” concluded a “Nole” with a smile on her face. And stars of their eyes earlier than turning, already, to a brand new duel to enter slightly extra into the historical past of tennis.