'Rafael Nadal is running everywhere with pain all...', says former Top 10



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'Rafael Nadal is running everywhere with pain all...', says former Top 10

Novak Djokovic began to feel the problems with his eye in the eighth game and left the court while trying to find a solution. The Serbian served well in the ninth game before adding a backhand error at 5-5 to deliver the break to his opponent.

Rafael Nadal erased three break opportunities and claimed it after a grueling 75 minutes. Novak tried to fix his eye problems before the second set, but it only got worse, losing serve in games one and three to send Rafa 3-0 up front.

Nadal advanced 4-0 with a winning serve and held at 30 in the sixth game with a big winner to control the score. Djokovic held out at 15 in the seventh game before Nadal emerged on top with a winning serve a few minutes later.

"The referee told me that he had to be faster between points. I think the medical timeout is three minutes, and Novak stayed off the court for seven. However, I have no hard feelings, as I have an excellent relationship with Novak.

I waited for Novak for seven minutes, which was not a problem, and the referee warned me that he was a couple of seconds late while he served. That's what I wanted to discuss with him, as he pressured me to take less time between services.

I am not against the rules, and I know I have to be quicker as I am often late for the service. I think the situation was different today; I waited a lot and the referee couldn't tell me in the next game that I had to be faster as I waited twice for Novak," said Rafael Nadal.

Fernando Gonzalez praises Nadal

Fernando Gonzalez expects Novak Djokovic to finish his career with more Major titles and better statistics than his great rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The former World No. 5 believes, though, that there are factors other than records in the debate over who is the greatest player of all time.

“In terms of the numbers, I’m sure Novak is going to end up with the most Grand Slams and maybe the best statistics, but for me there are other factors when you decide who is the greatest," Gonzalez continued.

"Novak is breaking all the records and it looks like he will continue to do that for a number of years. For me, you don’t just say this guy had the most the titles so he is the best," Gonzalez said. "You can pick who your favorite is for the way the three guys play.

I prefer Roger. His one-handed backhand, serve and volley and his style is more classic. When you watch Novak, he looks like he will never miss a ball and Rafa is running everywhere with pain all over his body, so it is tough to say who is the greatest”.