What Djokovic said when he found out that Nadal would play Zverev at Roland Garros


Novak Djokovic He regains his smile in the Swiss town of Geneva by winning clay matches. He did not feel the necessary confidence to face Roland Garros after losing early in Rome, against Chilean Alejandro Tabilo, and decided to break one of the golden rules of favorites for a Grand Slam title: compete in the previous week in an ATP tournament.

The Serbian, who just turned 37 years old and will once again arrive in Paris as the world number one, will compete this Friday in the semifinals of the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva against the Czech Tomas Macchac.

On Thursday he had a match with the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, but the schedule made it easy for me to calmly follow the development of the Roland Garros draw. He knew he would debut against the Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert and in the second round he will have another Frenchman, Constant Lestienneor in Spanish Roberto Carballes.

His status as No. 1 protects him. 1, the hype treated him well, in general, even in previous editions he did not like to see Rafa Nadal at the top of the table. They will be judged in a new chapter between them in the semifinals.

But Nadal’s performance continues to be a mystery at this Roland Garros. What has happened in recent months has lowered expectations about the fourteen-time champion, but no one dares to fight the magic he has created in the center court, the respect is respectable.

It’s sad to see where Rafa Nadal falls without the seeds, and Djokovic doesn’t miss it. “Yes, I saw the draw. It was a total spectacle,” he said in Geneva.

Like everything, it had an impact on the first round duel in between Rafa Nadal and Alexander Zverev, with the survivor aiming for a semifinal against Djokovic himself. “I can’t wait to see this match, which will be very interesting. Zverev is in top form, Rome won. Rafa is not the same one we used to, but it’s Roland Garros, so let’s see what happens,” said the Serbian.

Even before the result of the Roland Garros pot was known, Djokovic appealed to the historical figure of Nadal, who always deserves to be considered the favorite of the tournament.

“When you talk Roland Garros and Rafa Nadal There, for me it’s always been a favorite. Obviously, this year is a little different with his level of play, but it is Roland Garros and it is Nadal and, with the respect that we owe him, it is normal to place him as a favorite,” he said before knowing the immediate crossing one of the other favorites mentioned by ‘Nole’ And Zverev reached the semifinals in Paris in the last three editions.

Source: La Verdad


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