'It is true that Rafael Nadal had a few small problems but...', says top coach
Rafael Nadal was defeated for the third time in history at the French Open and for the second time by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in 2021. It was a fabulous match that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. After the match, Djokovic won his 19th Grand Slam, while Nadal withdrew from the 2021 Wimbledon Championship due to fatigue.
However, Roland Garros tournament director Guy Forget revealed that Nadal had suffered an injury in the latter stages of the semi-final. Forget revealed that Nadal had foot discomfort; however, despite being in poor physical condition, Nadal did not speak about his effect on his match.
The game was of great quality and Forget is happy that both players played very well. In addition, Nadal's attitude fascinated Forget. He “He had a little pain in his foot. But he had the class not to talk about it. Everyone was amazed at the quality of this fight.
Both players pushed the limits and showed that they still dominate tennis," said Forget. As the match progressed, Nadal was losing his physical advantage. Complaints and fatigue seeped into the Spaniard's game and he ultimately lost.
But Nadal didn't talk about his physical problems and instead praised Djokovic. Nadal took care of his mistakes and thus credited Djokovic for the victory. “I had the great opportunity with set point, 6-5, second service.
That's. Anything could happen at that time. Then I do an easy double fault volley in the tiebreaker. These types of errors can occur. But if you want to win, you can't make these mistakes. That's all. Well done for him. It was a good fight out there.
I do the best I can and today was not my day," said Nadal.
Uncle Toni on his Nadal's withdrawal from Wimbledon
In that context, Rafael Nadal's uncle and former coach Toni Nadal recently revealed that Novak Djokovic's impressive showing at Roland Garros has changed his mind about who he thinks is likely to end up with the most Slams.
"The truth is that before Roland Garros I saw Rafael (winning the most Grand Slams), now the subject has changed a bit," Toni told MARCA. "The next Wimbledon and US Open will define things a bit because I understand that each year it will be more difficult to win."
Toni Nadal on his part believes that Rafa should be able to bounce back from the defeat since it wasn't his first. "A loss at Roland Garros is always painful, especially if you have won 13 times," Toni Nadal said.
"But it is not Rafael's first defeat. He has lost more difficult games in finals. It is normal that he is a little affected. It did surprise me (Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from Wimbledon)," Toni added. "It is true that he had a few small problems, but obviously he thought he would play."