Rafael Nadal will leave the current season behind him as soon as possible, struggling with injuries and failing to reach a Major final for the first time since 2016! Rafa had to deal with injuries from the opening pre-Australian Open weeks, and he never found the A-game he had in the previous years.
After fighting hard to claim the ATP titles in Barcelona and Rome, the 20-time Major winner threw everything at his beloved Roland Garros and chased the 14th Parisian crowd. Despite not playing at his best, Nadal reached the semi-final and faced his greatest rival Novak Djokovic for the 58th time.
After four hours and 11 minutes, Djokovic prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 for his second win over Rafa in Paris. Losing the previous five matches against the Spaniard on clay, the Serb gave his best to change that and remain on the course for the 19th Major title that would send him closer to Nadal and Federer.
Novak celebrated the tenth Major win over Rafa after his most notable performance in Paris, firing 50 winners and stealing the Spaniard's serve eight times. Dealing with fatigue and a foot injury, Nadal got broken thrice in a row in the last set to propel Djokovic over the top and experience his third loss in Paris since 2005 and the second to Novak.
Rafael Nadal was not sure about his schedule following the Roland Garros defeat.
Mighty disappointed, Rafa said he would not play at the ATP 250 event at home in Mallorca in two weeks, although he would have loved it. Also, Rafa could not tell much about the upcoming Wimbledon, saying he could not think about the schedule after such a long and grueling encounter.
As we all know, Nadal would play only two matches after Roland Garros, dealing with that foot injury and deciding to close his season after Washington in August. "I'm not playing in Mallorca on grass, although I would have loved it.
It's impossible this year, as it goes a week before Wimbledon, and I do not have time to prepare. I can not tell much about my schedule now; I have played a lot since April, and I still have to decide about Wimbledon. I do not have the mental clarity to think about it now, as I need to calm down a bit," Rafael Nadal said.