Rafael Nadal noted that playing Novak Djokovic is always special and added his French Open quarterfinal match versus the Serb was a classic even though it wasn't a Grand Slam final. In the French Open quarterfinal, Nadal defeated Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (4) to set up a semifinal meeting versus Alexander Zverev.
It was the 59th meeting between the two as Djokovic now leads the head-to-head versus Nadal 30-29. "Well, this is one more episode, no. That's it. We played, as I said before, in the most important events, in the most important matches for a lot of years, and it's always special to play against each other," Nadal said, per Sportskeeda.
"Tonight was just a quarterfinals match, not the final. So that's different, no. But still a super classic match and in a big scenario. So yeah, between Novak, Roger, myself, we have an amazing story together facing each other in the most important matches for such a long time.
So that makes the things more special and more emotional."
Nadal on the battle for the all-time Grand Slam record
Nadal is now bidding to win a record 22nd Grand Slam and give himself a strong shot at ending with the all-time Grand Slam record.
On the other side, Djokovic and Roger Federer are tied on the second place with 20 Majors. When Nadal was asked about it, he said the all three achieved their dreams and who finishes with the most Grand Slams doesn't really matter.
"But as I said, from my perspective, of course there is always a conversation about the player who finish with more slams or who is the best of the history, but from my perspective doesn't matter that much," Nadal said.
"We achieve our dreams. We make history in this sport because we did things that didn't happen before. "So from my perspective, doesn't matter much which player going to finish with more slams or the best of the history because from my perspective, the level of our three is very equal. Is not much difference so doesn't matter."