'I am not saying Novak Djokovic won't win Majors again but...', says analyst



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'I am not saying Novak Djokovic won't win Majors again but...', says analyst

The former Argentine tennis player, Juan Martín Del Potro, considered that Rafael Nadal played better than Novak Djokovic and added that the Serbian's mistakes at key moments ended up sealing his fate. On Tuesday night in Paris, Nadal, a 13-time French Open champion, defeated Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) to reach the Roland Garros semifinal.

Djokovic had his chances in the fourth set, as he led 5-2 after the first seven games. In the ninth game, Djokovic lost two set points on his serve. Nadal returned the break to Djokovic and finally forced the tie-break, in which he opened a 6-1 lead before earning his fourth match point.

"Impressive Rafa, he has played much better than Novak Djokovic, who has made mistakes at key moments. Now to look for number 22," del Potro tweeted. The 59th meeting between Nadal and Djokovic was memorable. Although Nadal won, he still has a losing record against Djokovic.

Djokovic now has 30 wins, while Nadal has 29. "Of course we have a lot of history together," Nadal said. "Many important moments playing against each other. That's the truth. In that case, [it's] always a special match, playing against Novak.

Tonight [was] just a quarter-final match, not the final... But it's still a super-classic match and on a big stage.

Arias opens up on Djokovic

Former ATP player Jimmy Arias is of the opinion that Novak Djokovic is starting to crack under the pressure of making history.

"I think Novak [Djokovic] is cracking a little bit. It started with the US Open last year, I know he made the finals, but that whole tournament he was cracking. It shows how much he is thinking about history," Arias said.

"The only reason he was cracking was because he was thinking of the Calendar Grand Slam and if you remember that tournament, he was losing the first set every match. Then he had the strange start to the year with the Australian Open and everything that went on, and I just feel like maybe his days of locking down under extreme pressure will be difficult to find," Arias said.

"I am not saying he won't win Majors again, but it will be more difficult." As a result of his quarterfinal loss at the French Open 2022, the 35-year-old will no longer be the World number 1. As per the rankings update after the conclusion of Roland Garros, the Serb will slip to number three in the rankings. Also, former world number 1 Daniil Medvedev will be back at the top again, followed by Alexander Zverev at number two.