The defeat against Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros 2021 semifinals, in what Rafael Nadal himself called the most important tournament of the year is a bad blow for him and the Spaniard appeared very disappointed at the press conference, leaving doubts about his imminent future.
Rafa has in fact declared that he will not participate in the tournament on the grass of Palma de Mallorca, a home tournament that starts too early for his return and above all he said words that leave many doubts in view of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the year that will be played in a few days.
Here are his words about it: "I will not play in the Mallorca tournament this year even though I would have liked it. The problem is that it is impossible because it happens a week before Wimbledon and I cannot prepare myself.
I can't say much about my current schedule, I have played a lot since April and have yet to decide if I will participate in Wimbledon. I don't have the mental clarity to think about it now, I just need to calm down a little."
The dream of conquering the 21st Slam of his career stopped in the semifinals and Rafael Nadal was unable to confirm himself in Paris, defeated by his great opponent and world number one Novak Djokovic. After four hours of play and 11 minutes Novak prevailed with the result of 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2.
After a positive start from the Spaniard, the Serbian champion reacted well and managed to overturn the match. Djokovic had just returned from a five-game losing streak in Paris against Nadal, the most recent in last year's final between the two.
Thanks to this success Nole will challenge Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final today and in case of victory he will reach the title of Slam number 19 and thus approach Roger Federer and indeed Rafael Nadal, both standing at 20 titles.
The Spaniard was very keen, like all his fans, to this Roland Garros because in the event of his fourteenth success in Paris, he would become the first tennis player in history to reach 21 Grand Slam titles in the world of men's tennis.
Rafael Nadal's new bagel record at the Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal's dream of winning the 14th Roland Garros and the 21 Grand Slam of his unparalleled career has vanished: the Spanish champion was in fact eliminated in the semi-final of Bois de Boulogne 2021 by his bitter rival Novak Djokovic, at the end of a hard-fought and intense match.
But in this tournament Rafa got a new record. In fact, thanks to a four-set win over Diego Schwartzman, twenty-time Grand Slam winner reached his 14th semifinal at the Roland Garros out of 17 appearances in Paris. For Rafa, the record is even more incredible considering that the Spaniard has won 105 matches out of 107 games.
The Argentinian was one of the players who has created the most problems for Nadal in recent times in Paris, the first to snatch a set from him from the 2019 final. At one point in the match the two were in complete equality in the third set and between the fans saw the conditions of Rafa began to spread the hypothesis of a sensational and incredible win.
However, the Spaniard closed the match by winning the third set with a break and then closing the fourth set with the result of 6-0, yet another career of the Spaniard and many Rafa has made them here in Paris. With the bagel in the fourth set on Schwartzman, Rafael Nadal became the first tennis player in the history of tennis in the Open era with 23 sets completed and won 6-0 in a single Grand Slam, thus breaking the record of Jimmy Connors who had won 22 sets 6-0 in the home Slam at the US Open.
Rafael Nadal's first 6-0 at Roland Garros came to his debut in this tournament in 2005 where he won by beating two good opponents such as Grosjean and David Ferrer, then approaching what would have been his first title (the first of many in Paris).
But not only them, some illustrious bagels of Rafa are remembered in the final both against Roger Federer and, for example, that of the opening set of last year's final against the current number one Novak Djokovic where the Spaniard totally annihilated the chances of victory of the Balkan champion.
Also in this edition of Roland Garros Nadal scored a 6-0 to our Jannik Sinner, beating him in three sets with the result of 7-5 6-3 6-0. After fighting in the first two sets, the Spaniard took off destroying every ambition of the young blue talent.
Players with more 6-0 in a single Grand Slam: Rafael Nadal - 23 at Roland Garros
Jimmy Connors - 22 at the US Open
Bjorn Borg - 20 at Roland Garros
Guillermo Vilas - 20 at Roland Garros
Ivan Lendl - 20 at the US Open