World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was straight honest in his press conference after losing the French Open final as he said that he was "completely overplayed" by No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal. Nadal dropped just seven games as he beat Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 in the French Open final to lift his record 13th title at Roland Garros.
“I don’t have much to say but that I was completely overplayed by Rafa [Nadal], by better player on the court. I mean, he was not missing at all and getting every ball back, just playing tactically great," Djokovic said in his press conference, per Max Gao.
"Certainly I could have played better, especially in the first 2 sets. But he did surprise me with the way he was playing, the quality of tennis he was producing, the level. I mean, he’s phenomenal. He played a perfect match, especially in the first 2 sets.
"The third set, I managed to come back. I kind of found my groove on the court. Then, yeah, couple of close games. Had my chance, didn’t use them. He closed out the match. That’s it. He was the far better player on the court today and absolutely deserved to win."
Djokovic couldn't find an answer to Nadal's game
Djokovic played a lot of drop shots, tried to mix and change the rhythm but Nadal couldn't get disrupted. “[The dropshot] didn’t work great today, let’s say.
[Nadal] was winning a lot of those dropshot points that were played by my side. I didn’t play so many in the end of the day. I did try tactically different things, but not much worked in the first two sets." Djokovic was plagued by an injury earlier this week but he didn't want to take nothing from Nadal's win as he said he was fine for the final.
"I was fine. Everything was okay. I was ready for this match. It’s just that I was overplayed. I mean, I was beaten by a guy who was just perfect today. Especially the first two sets, as I said. That’s all there is to it," Djokovic said.
"I just didn’t find a solution. […] Straight-sets victory [for Rafael Nadal], yeah, I mean, it’s Grand Slam final, but playing Rafa on clay, you play Rafa, who is playing the way he’s playing, I mean, it’s tough to get a set off him."