Rafael Nadal joined Alexander Zverev in the semifinal of the Roland Garros 2022, after the victory against Novak Djokovic in four sets, in the quarter-finals. Rafa and Nole have reached challenge number fifty-nine of the saga.
The tenth in Paris, the third in the quarter-finals, is played mainly on the competitive track. Nadal dominates the first and third sets, of course, but above all he remedies a false start in the fourth. Djokovic, who hardly feels the ball and condenses the vast majority of attention in the heart of the second set.
The 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (3) which matures at the threshold of four hours and fifteen minutes of play is a logical consequence. For the fifteenth time in his career Nadal reaches at least the semifinal at Roland Garros and for the eighth time he gets rid of the Serb in Bois de Boulogne.
As mentioned, Alexander Zverev will be waiting for him, who beat Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6 (6). In women's singles, Martina Trevisan will challenge Caori Gauff in the first semifinal.
The best and the worst from the Parisian Slam
After the win, Nadal has a thought for the Philippe Chatrier crowd and his foot problem: "I think the crowd was aware that they might not see me many more times here and that's why they treated me so well.
I'm doing everything. to stay on top, but I don't know what can happen. I have a foot problem and if we don't find a solution, it will be difficult for me to continue playing. In the end, I enjoy every day without thinking about the future.
I will try to find a remedy for the foot injury, but so far we have not been able to. " And speaking of Nadal, here's a curiosity about his warm-up told by Jill Craybas to the Tennis Channel: "Nadal loves tennis and competition.
Just think that, for most players, the pre-match warm-up lasts only half an hour. . Nadal's lasts at least an hour. He likes to be on the pitch, breathe the tournament atmosphere and hit millions of balls! " We are almost at the end of the tournament, so it is time for some reflection.
This edition has overcome some obstacles such as the problem related to bad weather and the problem of lights on the secondary courts. However, apart from some emotions, the tournament was poor in content, noteworthy technical ideas.
Even the super match between Nadal and Djokovic gave little emotion. However, controversies and controversies between tennis players and staff have kept the attention alive in what will probably be remembered as one of the worst Roland Garros ever. A passing Grand Slam.