Novak Djokovic made it. He beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros for the first time in his career. That is something only Robin Soderling had managed to do in over a decade of tennis, something that sends Novak right away on the top positions of the list for best clay-court players of all time.
All that is missing to climb even higher on that list is a Roland Garros title. And Novak is just two wins away from making it. Speaking of the incredible match played by Djokovic against Nadal in French Open thrilling quarter-finals on Wednesday, Mats Wilander talked to French L'Equipe explaining why he believes that Novak Djokovic was made to beat Rafael Nadal on the ATP World Tour.
"Rafael Nadal's defeat is not a shocker. Novak Djokovic bared all of Nadal's current weaknesses. Truth is Rafael doesn't hit the ball the way he used to, he is more hesitant. A clear example is the smash he missed when 5-6 30-15 in the first set.
It's unthinkable" said Mats to l'Equipe. "The same way Rafael Nadal was made to beat Roger Federer, so Novak Djokovic was made to beat Rafael Nadal. He has grown, now he has the perfect shot to face Nadal's forehand.
He also has a lifted and angled forehand that can challenge Nadal's backhand. It is incredible how things return in tennis. McEnroe was the anti-Borg ideal weapon. I was able to challenge Lendl playing lower balls. The examples are infinite" "I think Novak can win 14 or 15 Grand Slam tournaments.
If he wins here, for him to achieve the Grand Slam is possible" ALSO READ Here are the top ten most beautiful tennis players of all time If you need a reminder of who Nadal is check his stats: Novak Djokovic