Novak Djokovic Details Why Win Over Rafael Nadal in French Open 2021 SFs Is His ‘Best Match’ at Roland-Garros

Published 06/12/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
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


Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic did the impossible for the second time in his career. He outclassed the 13-time champion, Rafael Nadal, in the French Open 2021 semifinal, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2.

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Unquestionably, the spectacular battle that ran for four hours and 13 minutes would stay in tennis fans’ minds forever. Moreover, it is a victory that even the Serb would cherish more than his most achievements.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Coming back from a set loss to winning three subsequent sets against the Spaniard is easier said than done. But if not anything, Djokovic put on a great show of determination to play every point with utmost sincerity and class.

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Novak Djokovic reflects on his win over Rafael Nadal at French Open 2021

The 18-time Grand Slam champion enjoyed every minute playing on Philippe-Chatrier in front of 5000 fans and against Nadal. Also, he accomplished what the tennis community considered the most difficult challenge in the sport.

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/Gonzalo Fuentes

Hence, sitting in his post-match press conference, Djokovic felt relieved. He even went on to describe the match as one of his notable victories.

“Definitely, the best match that I was part of ever in Roland-Garros, for me. And top three matches that I ever played in my entire career,” Djokovic said. Furthermore, he stated the aspects that made the match attain the Top 3 label.

He said, “Considering quality tennis, playing my biggest rival, on the court where he has had so much success and has been the dominant force in the last 15+ years, and the atmosphere which was completely electric. For both players, a lot of support, just amazing.”

Consequently, the Serbian ace is now one match away from his 19th Grand Slam title. He will meet the first-time finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open 2021 final.

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Djokovic wants to enjoy victory over Nadal before thinking about Tsitsipas

Later on in the interview, the 34-year-old opened up on his next opponent. However, Djokovic also made it clear that he wants to cherish the moment first.

“I’ll enjoy this victory a little bit,” he said. “Don’t have much time, but you know, I deserve after this big win to relax without thinking about the next opponent even though it’s the finals of a Grand Slam.”

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Above all, he hopes to rest enough and be ready for the Sunday final against a young and fit opponent. Do you think Djokovic would go on to win over Tsitsipas after a mentally and physically draining semifinal?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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