Mats Wilander analyzed in detail the big match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, during an interview with Eurosport. Mats said: "I think Novak Djokovic did everything possible to reverse the inertia of the match.
He couldn't stay on the pitch for six hours because there was a semi-final with Zverev waiting for him. There were numerous partials and momentum changes during the match, which was a bit surprising. They are getting older and becoming much more tactical in their heads.
When Nole beat Rafael Nadal in Paris last year, it was thought to be a decisive victory in the GOAT race. Then we realized that that success wasn't that important. Rafa won in Australia and now has the chance to win his 14th Roland Garros.
Djokovic just has to accept defeat and move on."
Nole about Rafa's win
At the press conference, Novak admitted Nadal's superiority: “Congratulations to him, he was the best player in the important moments.
I had my chances in the fourth set, but he proved once again why he is a great champion. He was able to take his tennis to another level when he mattered. Without a doubt he deserved the victory." Nadal took home the 59th chapter of the rivalry with Novak Djokovic, grabbing the Roland Garros semi-final for the 15th time in his career.
The Spanish champion, who had arrived in Paris with a myriad of doubts and with few matches on his legs, expressed an exceptional tennis that surprised his eternal rival. Behind a break in the fourth set, the former world number 1 made a comeback thanks to the help of the public and closed the practice in the tiebreak after more than 4 hours of battle.
The 35-year-old from Manacor is chasing his 14th seal in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, which would allow him to stretch further in the all-time Grand Slam standings. In fact, we recall that the Iberian won the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.