'I don’t know if Rafael Nadal'll come to the court at all', says former Top 5

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'I don’t know if Rafael Nadal'll come to the court at all', says former Top 5

Rafael Nadal lost in the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo and Madrid to Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev, couldn't match their pace and struggled against other youngsters in Barcelona and Rome. In both events, the Spaniard defended match points to lift the trophies, beating Novak Djokovic in the Rome final for his 36th Masters 1000 crown and hoping for more at Roland Garros.

Unlike 2020, when he stormed the entire circuit, Nadal was vulnerable with serve this year in Paris, winning five games but failed to reach the final for only the fourth time since 2005. Rafa lost to Novak 3-6, 6 - 3, 7-6, 6-2 in four hours and 11 minutes in an epic semi-final clash, experiencing his third loss at Roland Garros and his second to Novak, who surpassed him in the 2015 quarter-finals.

5-3 down in the third, Nadal struggled to 5-5 and created a set point in the twelfth game that could have been crucial. Novak saved him and gained momentum before a tie break that he won 7-4 to get closer to the finish line.

Dealing with fatigue and a foot injury, Nadal broke three times in a row in the fourth set to fall behind and hit the starting door, very disappointed but proud of how he fought. Rafa said that he could not keep winning Roland Garros forever, aware that it is not realistic to count to 18 or 20 titles in Paris.

"My chances of winning Roland Garros are not eternal. In our sport, you have to admit both victory and defeat. I know I can't win 15, 18 or 20 Roland Garros crowns, and it's not a disaster. I'm sad; I lost in the most important tournament for me, but it's just a loss on the tennis court.

Tomorrow I will be home with my family and that is fine. This is not a time to be pleased or to create drama; it's somewhere in the middle," Rafael Nadal said.

Davydenko comments on Rafael Nadal

In a recent interview with Eurosport, former World No.

3 Nikolay Davydenko shared his opinion on the possibility of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal successfully returning from their respective injuries. "I think it will be hard for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to return with such injuries," Davydenko said.

"Of course, the fans are going to beat me up now and say I'm talking nonsense. But if you feel it as it is, then they will already give way little by little. Maybe they will win something - I'm not saying that they will all lose," he added.

"But I don't think they can potentially win a five-set match. They can play an hour out of three sets, one and a half. And so you can play a tournament, but the main thing is that if something does not work out again, some kind of injury.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will go down in the rankings anyway," Davydenko continued. "They are not playing at all at the moment. I don’t know if they'll come to the court at all. We are talking about those who are now injured. We do not know when they will come out - we have to ask them."