Novak Djokovic became one of the best players in the world in 2007, winning his first Masters 1000 titles and reaching the first Major Final in New York at 20. The first Novak Major semi-final came at Roland Garros that time.
year, backed up by another few weeks later. at Wimbledon. Novak beat three consecutive opponents in the fourth set tie break at the All England Club and stayed on the court for more than nine hours against Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis on consecutive days to reach the semi-finals.
Without a single day off since Tuesday, Novak ended his exciting Wimbledon streak against No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who retires after going down 3-6, 6-1, 4-1. Nadal lost serve in the second game of the first match and left it 6-3, as Djokovic served surprisingly well considering his physical condition.
Still, that was all we saw of the Serb, who broke early in the second set and never had a chance after barely standing on the court. Nadal advanced to the second straight Wimbledon final when Djokovic retired after the fifth game of the third set, taking ten of the previous 12 games and scoring an expected victory against the opponent who struggled with a severe blister and a back injury.
After the game, Novak said he had to think twice about playing or not playing, feeling pain all over his body and dealing with a blister all night. Still, the Serbian wanted to try and give the best of himself, without even looking at Rafa on the net to hide his painful expression from the rival.
Rafael Nadal is still positive
Rafael Nadal was forced to end his 2021 season early after his chronic foot injury resurfaced during the North American hardcourt swing. The Spaniard's last professional match was at the ATP 500 event in Washington, when he was taken down by Lloyd Harris in the third round.
"I've been better, but I'm fine. A little sore from the foot," Nadal was quoted as saying by Punto de Break. "It is a time that is a bit complicated on a personal and professional level. Honestly, with the illusion of improving and facing a process that is going to be difficult and painful at some point, but that I have to go through to get back in a position to fight for what I want.
I am determined to do it." During the course of the launch event Rafael Nadal also talked about how he is happy with the way his career has shaped up, given that he has achieved things he had never dreamed of. "I have had fantastic things, bigger things than I would have ever dreamed of, and also more complicated moments in the form of injuries," Nadal said. "But, within what is possible I have always had a way to get ahead."