It was an epic battle between two of the greatest tennis players of the modern era – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – at the Roland Garros on Friday. Despite being the favourite, Nadal’s efforts went in vain as he emerged second-best and could not make the summit clash at the French Open.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics Tennis: Novak Djokovic Starts Campaign With a Win; Daniil Medvedev to Face Sumit Nagal in Second Round
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“But if you want to win, you can’t make these mistakes. So that’s it. Well done for him. [It was] a good fight out there. I tried my best, and today was not my day,” he said. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Novak Djokovic, Ash Barty, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Naomi Osaka Headline Tennis Revised Olympic List
Nadal reckoned he had a chance when he had set point in the third set but squandered it. The Spaniard felt had that gone his way then things could have been different.
“I had a big chance with set point, 6-5, second serve [in the third set]. That’s it. Anything could happen in that moment,” Nadal said. “Then I made a double fault, [missed an] easy volley in the tie-break. But it’s true that [there were] crazy points out there. The fatigue is there, too. This kind of mistakes can happen.
Nadal being a true sportsman hailed Djokovic and admitted that he deserved to win.
“[It] doesn’t matter. That’s tennis,” Nadal said. “The player who gets used to the conditions better is the player who deserves to win. So no doubt he deserved to win,” he further added.
With the 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Nadal, the World No 1 has set up a date with Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas. The final would be played on Sunday.