Rafael Nadal misses out on 14th French Open final, realizes mistake after losing to Novak Djokovic


Paris: Spain’s Rafael Nadal has said that he has no excuse for this defeat after losing to world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021. He also said that he lost because of his mistake.

The match lasted for about 4 and a half hours

Novak Djokovic defeated 13-time champion Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 in a 4-set match. The Serbian player won the match which lasted for 4 hours and 22 minutes.

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Djokovic reaches the final

Nadal, who holds a 105-2 (win-lose) record at the French Open, previously had a 7-1 record against Djokovic. In the final, Djokovic will now face Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has lost just one set this year.

‘Failed to capitalize on opportunities’

Rafael Nadal of Spain said after the end of the match, ‘This is the game. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I tried to give my best. I failed to capitalize on the opportunities that I got.

When the turning point of the match came

Rafael Nadal said, ‘I had a big chance in the third set with set point, 6-5, second serve. That’s all. Anything could have happened at that time. Then I made a double fault, missed the tie-break easily. But it is true that was the turning point. Such mistakes can happen due to fatigue.

Nadal has already lost to Djokovic

Novak Djokovic had earlier defeated Nadal in the quarter-finals of 2015 as well. Nadal, who won his first French Open title in 2005 and his last French Open title in 2020, has lost this tournament only 3 times during this period.

Nadal is defeated by these players

In 2009, he lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round, Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals in 2015. In 2016, he was ruled out of the third round due to injury.

‘Novak deserves the win’

Rafael Nadal said, ‘It doesn’t matter. This is tennis. Here only those players deserve to win, who are well aware of the conditions here. So there is no doubt that he deserved to win.


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