Arias: "Rafael Nadal is handling the pressure better than Novak Djokovic"

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Arias: "Rafael Nadal is handling the pressure better than Novak Djokovic"

Jimmy Arias analyzed in detail, in an interview with Tennis Channel, the great match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal which took place in Paris. The former US tennis player explained: "I don't think Rafael Nadal has regained momentum after losing the second set to Novak Djokovic.

Nole won the tournament in Rome and everyone thought he was back at 100%. After all the controversy at the start of the year, Djokovic looked set to dominate again. On the other hand, there were many doubts about the conditions of Rafa, who had not shone in Madrid and Rome.

His foot had bothered him again, but the Paris air was pleasant. Novak feels the pressure of having to compete with Rafa in the Grand Slam rankings. Last year he had a big break at the US Open. If he were to triumph in New York, he would put an end to any debate on the GOAT.

Nadal is handling the pressure better than Djokovic, no doubt." The 36-year-old Spaniard hit his fourteenth Roland Garros triumph by beating Casper Ruud in straight sets and clinching his 22nd Grand Slam title.

Novak Djokovic's season

The year 2022 is not going particularly well for Novak Djokovic.

The world number 1 was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open due to known bureaucratic problems. The Serbian phenomenon was considered the biggest favorite for the victory at Roland Garros, especially after having triumphed at the BNL Internationals of Italy without losing a single set.

His path in Paris, however, was interrupted in the quarter-finals against arch rival Rafael Nadal, who took advantage of the 35-year-old Serbian's lackluster day. The 20-time Grand Slam champion paid dearly for a soft start and numerous ups and downs during the challenge, as Nole himself acknowledged at a press conference.

Djokovic is left with only Wimbledon to add to his trophy cabinet, as he is unlikely to fly to New York to play in the US Open.