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DJOKOVIC-NADAL. With more than 4 hours of intense combat, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in four sets (6/2 4/6 6/2 7/6 (4)). Relive the best moments and the statements of the two players.
17:00 – Nadal: “This is the most important tournament of my career”
Asked by Marion Bartoli on the Philippe Chatrier court after his victory, Rafael Nadal did not fail to thank the public: “I’m very excited. It’s amazing for me to play here. Thank you, thank you, thank you all. The support is incredible for me. Everyone knows how important it is for me to play here, this is the most important tournament.” of my career and feeling your support is very special to me.
16:30 – The turning point of the tie-break? Nadal’s point to go out 3-0
This is without a doubt the turning point of the 4th set tie-break between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. With a 2-0 lead, the Spaniard finds himself on the defensive with his serve, but manages to turn the situation around by anticipating “Nole’s” attack. 3-0, the break is made in this tie-break and the reigning Roland-Garros champion will not return…
16:24 – ON VIDEO. Nadal’s message to the French public
Rafael Nadal was confident after his victory against Novak Djokovic, sending a message to the French public and those present on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Wednesday night. Here’s the video of this moment, streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
16:00 – ON VIDEO. The point that made Djokovic’s fans dream in the 4th set
Novak Djokovic came close to snatching a fifth set from him. After breaking in the fourth set to lead serve 5-3, the defending champion at Roland-Garros broke down and saw Rafael Nadal break and then come back up… Before winning the tiebreak. However, Djokovic will have defended like a lion like this point to save a first break point.
15:30 – Nadal: “I haven’t won anything”
If this Nadal-Djokovic match was presented as a final before the hour, the Spaniard knows that there is still a long way to go to achieve a 14th victory at Roland-Garros. “It was a very intense night. It’s for those moments that I keep playing, but it’s only quarterfinals, I didn’t win anything. I only gave myself the opportunity to look back on the court in two days. Going back to the semi-finals at Roland-Garros means a lot.”
15:00 – Djokovic: “Proud to have fought until the end”
Novak Djokovic greeted the victory of Rafael Nadal after a duel of 4:12 between the two men in a new episode of the duel that has faced the two champions for many years. “He deserves this victory, without a doubt. In a match like this you have ups and downs, in your game but also mentally. I gave everything, I could have done better but I am proud to have fought until the end”, commented the Serbian, winner of Roland-Garros in 2021. Rafael Nadal now leads 8-2 in his clashes with Novak Djokovic on clay at Roland- Claws.
15:00 – Djokovic’s 4th set regret
If he judged Rafael Nadal more consistent in this match which contributed to the Spaniard’s victory according to him, Novak Djokovic expressed some regrets about his match commenting on his Roland-Garros quarter-final loss on Wednesday night. “Despite everything I had opportunities, especially in the fourth set. I served for the set, with two chances to finish and that would have taken us to a fifth set, where the match could turn in favor of one or the other at any time” . But he showed why he is a great champion”, judged the number 1 in the world in statements transcribed by the newspaper L’Equipe.
14:30 – ON VIDEO. The point of the game? An exceptional rally in the 2nd set
After pocketing the first set quite easily 6-2, Rafael Nadal faced more resistance from Novak Djokovic, with the Serb tightening the game and forcing more long rallies from ‘Rafa’. Image of this exceptional point in the middle of the 2nd set . The terrible battle on Center Court was just beginning, to the delight of the 15,000 spectators on Court Philippe Chatrier.
13:50 – Mauresmo’s explanations about Djokovic’s programming – Nadal (3-3)
“I asked to see her Tuesday morning and we had an appointment Tuesday afternoon (about Delphine Ernotte). Meanwhile, there was her interview, Amélie Mauresmo told the press. I have no problem going to Delphine Ernotte to explain. stuff. I’m not used to going through the press. We said things to each other, yes there was discontent with France Télévisions and I understand it 100%. We talked long and hard. There was a better understanding on both sides. On our side why this output on your part. And on your side why we made this decision. This is resolved face to face. Although she was very angry, I have no problem going to see her.
13:20 – Mauresmo’s explanations about Djokovic’s programming – Nadal (2-3)
“I’m in contact with Carlos Costa, I’m not going to go any further. We talk to each other, I talk to everyone,” chained the former number one in the world. It’s a habit I picked up from the beginning. positive or negative. You have to accept things and then move on. The champion that Rafa is, he showed us, goes far beyond all these considerations”.
12:50 – Mauresmo’s explanations about Djokovic’s programming – Nadal (1-3)
“It was difficult, everyone saw it coming. I have the impression that there was no good solution in this story. For once, all the other programs were quite clear, there it was a bit vague,” explained the Roland-Garros boss. Many discussions, many exchanges. Everyone was waiting to hear the decision. We put everything in the balance. We try to take the best or the least bad solution. We were more in the gray than in the white or the black”, explained the director of the tournament.
12:20 – When will Rafael Nadal’s semi-final be scheduled?
On the way to his 14th title at Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal meets his rival in the semifinals: the German Alexander Zverev, who yesterday afternoon beat Carlos Alcaraz, the new nugget of Spanish tennis. The semifinal is scheduled for Friday, June 2. The order of the semifinals and therefore the schedule for this match is yet to be defined.
12:00 – “I think it will be fine”, Nadal enigmatic about his state of health
Arriving diminished at Roland-Garros after a shortened clay court season, Rafael Nadal showed unyielding resilience on Wednesday night, weathering the physical duel to win in 4:12 late in the night against Novak Djokovic. “I said in Rome that I was going to have my doctor with me here. And that having my doctor here allows me to do things that relieve me,” the Spaniard reacted at a press conference after his victory. “Now is not the time to talk about it, we will talk about it when my tournament is over. I am giving everything I have to try to play this tournament in the best possible conditions. I don’t know what can happen. back then. But here I think it’s going to be fine.”
11:35 – Popovic: “Nadal completely dominated the points”
Coach Petar Popovic has analyzed the Djokovic-Nadal match and especially the choice made by the Serb to try to destabilize the Spaniard. “In the first set, Djoko used the same tactics as in the first round against Nishioka the left-hander. With super high balls. But it was Nadal, he made changes, he completely dominated the points. And he completely turned around,” Popovic analyzes. Djoko becomes aggressive, takes ground and advances on the ball. It’s really his only way to beat Nadal at Roland: being on the line, taking chances even if it means missing, hitting hard forehands, backhands, don’t let him choke you with his angles and big forehands. Easier said than done…”
11:15 – Nadal on Djokovic: “It is always a very important challenge to play against him”
Winner of the quarterfinal against Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal congratulated the Serb for his performance before greeting him: “It was a very difficult match, Novak is one of the best players ever. It’s always a big challenge to play against him, especially considering the history between us. Tonight was another one of those games. You can only play one way: at the most high level. It was a magical night, at an expected but incredible level.”
11:00 – Tribute to Santoro
“These two players delight us” launches the Prime Video consultant after the Djokovic – Nadal match. We expected an extraordinary performance but there is always uncertainty, that small chance of being disappointed, of not having the show we expected. And in the end, we say to ourselves that we are truly spoiled to see these two players producing fantastic tennis for so long. They are not like us, they are different, they have reigned in world tennis with Federer for almost twenty years, they offer us unprecedented tennis, they are as hungry as when they landed on the circuit. Rafael Nadal left us speechless. I think he has unimaginable pain when he gets up in the morning or when he leaves the field and I said that when Rafa starts to grimace, to say that he has pain somewhere, for us it would be a threat to life. .
10:45 – ON VIDEO. the match point
Rafael Nadal won the victory in 4 sets after an unbreathable tie-break with Novak Djokovic jettisoning his dernières cartouches to try to win a 5th set and hope for a come-back and a qualification with his bout the night. The Mallorcan then tightened the match to win this decisive match with the score of 7-4. Relive the match point on video:
10:30 – Pioline: “It’s fantastic what we live”
“I am delighted to have been there for this moment,” launches Pioline at the end of this Djokovic – Nadal. We don’t know how many times we will see Rafael Nadal again at Roland-Garros. It is fantastic, what we live. match full of dedication, courage, tactical intelligence and mental solidity, when you see what happened to him when he was leading 6-2, 3-0, double break. Much respect to Mr. Nadal…”
10:15 – Tennis summit for Bartoli
“It was a match that reached tennis heights that we had rarely seen, Marion Bartoli savored at the end of the match. We could see all the tiredness on Nadal’s face at the end…”
10:01 – Nadal made the difference with his second ball during the first set
The Spaniard knew how to make the difference in the first set of the match against Djokovic thanks mainly to his second ball. In detail, he won 80% of his points with his second serve against 50% of the Serb.
09:49 – A 7th Djoko – Nadal that exceeds 4 hours
For the seventh time in history, a match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal exceeded four hours of play, 4 hours and 12 minutes for this Roland-Garros quarterfinal meeting.
09:24 – “It moved the whole audience”
Interviewed this morning, former tennis player Paul-Henri Mathieu pays tribute to Rafael Nadal’s game. “What a beautiful moment it was. It was played on the head. Rafael Nadal said it, he did not know if it was going to be his last match, nor what physical state he was in before entering the court, he put all that aside and only had one idea, to attack his opponent as much as possible “
09:07 – Does the night session match start too late? Djokovic’s opinion
Epic, this quarterfinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic lasted until the middle of the night. After 4h12 of the match, Rafael Nadal concluded the match in 4 sets at 1h20 in the morning. Which also creates controversy and questions about these new Roland-Garros night sessions. “To be honest, I think the night sessions start too late, that’s how Novak Djokovic judged after the meeting. But once again, it’s the TV that decides. It’s the world we live in. The money. They decide.”