“He Can Beat Djokovic”: Coach Backs Rafael Nadal to Stop Novak Djokovic at US Open 2021

Published 07/31/2021, 12:43 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Spain’s Rafael Nadal before their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics reaches its podium finish after an enthralling week of entertainment, and more. Fans all over the world have enjoyed the mega-event thoroughly. Notably, tennis enthusiasts have had the time of their life, witnessing some epic encounters, fierce battles, and major upsets. However, while fans relished these moments of magic, they recall the memories of the Olympians; notably, those who missed out this year. One of the many famous names is that of former gold medalist, Rafael Nadal.

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Earlier this year, Rafael Nadal announced his withdrawal from the 2021 Wimbledon Championship and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The heartbreaking news was a little too hard on fans, who were still grieving Nadal’s semi-final loss at the French Open.

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The maestro battled hard against his fellow ‘G.O.A.T’ but couldn’t make it past him. However, courtesy of his sabbatical, Nadal’s alternate coach, Francis Roig, believes he is re-energized, rejuvenated, and ready to ruin the Serb’s chances of a Calendar-Grand slam at the 2021 US Open.

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“He can beat Djokovic”- Francis Roig

While Rafael Nadal spent time recovering in his hometown, Mallorca, Novak Djokovic was busy winning titles. Recording one feat after another, he first won the 2021 Wimbledon Championship and then set out on a quest for gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well.

Missing out on both these tournaments that his counterpart triumphed makes a comeback tricky but does not limit Rafael. Speaking of the same, Francis said, “Rafa has not played for a long time and it is not easy for him. He trains great, he’s in good shape overall. I think he can beat Djokovic at the US Open”

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the match point during their final singles match daring day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic continues to be one of the most fierce rivalries in tennis history. When they first met at the French Open in 2006, they shared merely 1 title between them; now, they have 20 Grand Slam titles each.

However, while Nadal won that game, he failed to replicate the same in their most recent outing. Despite getting the lead early on, the ‘king of clay’ failed to match up to the World No. 1 and lost the clash. Regardless, Francis is sure of Nadal to beat Djoko this time around, provided they meet at the US Open.

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Rafael Nadal returns to court

After more than a two-month-long break, Rafael Nadal returns to court. The Spaniard begins his journey to the US Open, appearing first in Washington at the Citi Open. This will be Nadal’s first outing in the tournament; hence, fans are sure to pack the stands and cheer on the Spanish giant.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Speaking of his return, Citi Open chairman said, “It’s indescribable… The whole town is buzzing, our community is buzzing. Tickets have been sold out the minute they went on sale. The extra that we put on sale went on sale. We have a waiting list of 15,000 people that want to come.” 

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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