World No. 1 Novak Djokovic reveals he would like to play golf one day with Rafael Nadal. Djokovic and Nadal have created one of the greatest rivalries in tennis histories, and while Djokovic would like to play golf with Nadal just as friends, he admits that may be impossible due to their competiitve nature and rivalry.
Djokovic and Nadal have marked one era of tennis and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest players in tennis history. "I think Nadal and I have challenged too many times on the tennis court. One day we could play golf just as friends, but knowing ourselves it will end we both of us try to win," Djokovic said, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
#Djokovic: "I think #Nadal and I have challenged too many times on the tennis court. One day we could play golf just as friends, but knowing ourselves it will end we both of us try to win"#IBI22 pic.twitter.com/aNVmLEWZtr — Lorenzo Ercoli (@Ladal17) May 12, 2022
Djokovic and Nadal won't meet in Rome
Djokovic and Nadal haven't played in 12 months but several factors are to blame for that.
This week in Rome, there was a chance for Djokovic and Nadal meet in the Rome semifinal. When Djokovic and Nadal clashed the last time, the Serb beat the Spaniard in the French Open semifinal. Unfortunately for tennis fans, the much-anticipated Rome semifinal between Djokovic and Nadal won't happen.
Nadal was beaten by Denis Shapovalov in the last-16, putting an end to the hopes of seeing him go against Djokovic at Foro Italico. On Thursday, Djokovic clashed one of his biggest rivals, Stan Wawrinka. In what a first meeting between Djokovic and Wawrinka since 2019, the Serb claimed a routine 6-2 6-2 win.
“It is great to see Stan back and winning. He won two tough matches. You can see he is still not physically where he wants to be. But nevertheless he is Stan Wawrinka and he can hurt you if you give him time,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview.
“I managed to do well from the beginning. I really moved him around the court and held my serve comfortably except for that loss of my serve in the second set”.