The dream of conquering the 21st Slam of his career stopped in the semifinals and Rafael Nadal was unable to confirm himself in Paris, defeated by his great opponent and world number one Novak Djokovic. After four hours of play and 11 minutes Novak prevailed with the result of 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2.
After a positive start from the Spaniard, the Serbian champion reacted well and managed to overturn the match. Djokovic had just returned from a five-game losing streak in Paris against Nadal, the most recent in last year's final between the two.
Thanks to this success Nole will challenge Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final today and in case of victory he will reach the title of Slam number 19 and thus approach Roger Federer and indeed Rafael Nadal, both standing at 20 titles.
The Spaniard was very keen, like all his fans, to this Roland Garros because in the event of his fourteenth success in Paris, he would become the first tennis player in history to reach 21 Grand Slam titles in the world of men's tennis.
But Rafa MUST be present in London. The Slam at the All England Club is tennis's highlight of the year, and after last season's cancellation, everyone is eager to see the greatest tennis players on the planet tread the Chruch Road lawns.
Wimbledon without Nadal would be something less: the Big Three, unless they have serious physical problems, know they will have to be there, guaranteeing a great show for all fans, who can't wait for Wimbledon to return after two years.
Rafael Nadal could skip Wimbledon 2021!
The defeat against Djokovic in what Nadal himself called the most important tournament of the year is a bad blow for him and the Spaniard appeared very disappointed at the press conference, leaving doubts about his imminent future.
Rafa has in fact declared that he will not participate in the tournament on the grass of Palma de Mallorca, a home tournament that starts too early for his return and above all he said words that leave many doubts in view of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the year that will be played in a few days.
Here are his words about it: "I will not play in the Mallorca tournament this year even though I would have liked it. The problem is that it is impossible because it happens a week before Wimbledon and I cannot prepare myself.
I can't say much about my current schedule, I have played a lot since April and have yet to decide if I will participate in Wimbledon. I don't have the mental clarity to think about it now, I just need to calm down a little."