Novak Djokovic lost to Rafael Nadal as the latter emerged victorious with 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, and 7-6 (4). Nadal has advanced to the tournament’s semis, where he will face Alexander Zverev, the number three competitor, for a spot in the finals.
Djokovic had the game speaking for him in the second set before Nadal regained the momentum to show why he is the best player. Djokovic gets an early start to prepare for the next major title at Wimbledon as he puts his loss behind him.
Losing to a 13-time winner could have been avoided had a few shots worked for him. He came in with a lead of 30-28 and recent victories against Nadal, with one coming from the 2015 quarter-final of Roland-Garros & the 2021 semi-final of the same.
Moments did not favor the defending champion as he walked out with a loss. He verbalized his opponent’s victory by calling him a better player. Djokovic stated that Nadal did show why he was a great champion. True words were spoken. A few moments required at least one player to stand mentally strong on the court, and it was Nadal who did not lose his ground in the crucial moments.
Congratulations flowed in from every side without any doubt that Nadal put up a better fight. I was gaining momentum, said Djokovic, adding that he thought he was back in the game in the second set; however, Nadal swooped in with two-three better games that followed the second set.
Acknowledging that Nadal was able to take his tennis to another level, Djokovic said that he lost the moments when Nadal pushed in at the beginning of the sets.
Nothing breaks what has been achieved so far. Novak Djokovic holds 20 Grand Slam titles with the first position on the ATP tour. This one particular night did not go well for him.
He summarized the entire game by saying that he had his chances that he did not use over a battle of four hours. He has decided to accept the defeat and move on to the next game.
Djokovic has the testament that can put him back on track. He did lift the Coupe Des Mousquetaires in 2016 and 2021 during the Nadal era.
Things quickly turn around in the game, and he is well-versed with this fact. It was a classic battle between the two that ended with one having to leave without proceeding to the next level. Fans rooted for their favorites. Both in the finals would have set the court on fire, which happened even before the semis began.