Former Swiss tennis player Marc Rosset says you can never use the word "impossible" when talking about Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. On Tuesday, Nadal overcame Djokovic in four sets to advance to the French Open semifinal.
Going into the match, Nadal wasn't given much of a chance to beat Djokovic. Nadal missed the beginning of the clay season due to a rib stress fracture and was hampered by a foot issue in Madrid and Rome. Still, Nadal went out and delivered an impressive performance to oust Djokovic.
Reflecting on the match, Rosset said you can never count out Nadal. "Nadal, like Federer or Djokovic, is one of those people about whom you can never say that something is not possible. They're not made like us," Rosset told L'Equipe.
"Il y a des mecs qui ont traversé la Manche à la nage sans jambes et sans bras non ? Nadal, comme Federer ou Djokovic, fait partie de ces gens au sujet desquels tu ne peux jamais dire que quelque chose n'est pas possible.
Nadal aims a record 22nd Grand Slam title
In January, Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam title. Now, Nadal has a shot at winning his second Grand Slam title of the season and 22nd Grand Slam title overall.
Djokovic and Federer are tied on the second place with 20 Grand Slams. After beating Djokovic, Nadal was asked about the Grand Slam race between him, Djokovic and Federer. Nadal tried to downplay it by suggesting it doesn't matter who finishes with the most Grand Slams.
"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."