“Like My Last Match in Roland-Garros”: Rafael Nadal Trolls Himself Over French Open Loss at Academy’s Graduation Day

Published 06/17/2021, 7:31 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Rafael Nadal of Spain smiles during a practice session on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Getty Images)


20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal saw his 2017-2020 Roland-Garros reign end this year. He lost to his arch-rival Novak Djokovic in the French Open 2021 semifinal 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 2-6, and the Serb had to invest his entire strength to push the Spaniard out of the tournament.

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Moreover, this was only the third time that Nadal lost on the Parisian clay in 16 years, and the second time against Djokovic. Keeping this in mind, the 35-year-old found a hilarious way to amuse himself and fans.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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Rafael Nadal jokes about his French Open 2021 SF loss to Novak Djokovic

Recently, the Spaniard’s tennis academy, the Rafa Nadal Academy by Moviestar, celebrated Graduation Day. On this occasion, Nadal came forward to deliver a speech.

As he adjusted the mic, a couple of papers that probably had his speech on them flew and fell to the ground. In response, Nadal remarked, “Not a good start.”

While the Spaniard could not come back after a 5-0 lead in the first set against Djokovic, he had a perfect comeback for this moment. “It was like my last match in Roland-Garros,” Nadal laughed.

Even though he lost, his domination at the French Open is still unmatchable. But now, the 19-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic has a chance to equal Federer and Nadal’s career haul.

Additionally, the record 13-time Roland-Garros champion also raised doubts regarding his Wimbledon Championships 2021 participation. At present, he is rejuvenating with family and closed ones after the tiring clay season.

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What’s next for Nadal after the loss at Roland-Garros?

Unquestionably, Nadal will try his best to mark his come back at Wimbledon, and his latest loss will push him all the more to find success on grass.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during his Gentlemen’s Singles third round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Although experts suggest that the Spaniard has difficulty outside of clay, he has won Wimbledon twice and ended as the runner-up three times. Thus, it would not be a surprise if he makes up for his Paris loss in London.

On the other side, Djokovic is building up for the ultimate tennis achievement, a Calendar Grand Slam while also defending his 2019 Wimbledon title.

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Nadal still has a lot left to do on the 2021 tennis calendar. But first, he will want to break the Serb’s growing supremacy.

Even fans hope to see Nadal in all-white on the grass-court again. Do you think the Spaniard can turn things around at Wimbledon this year?

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