Lajovic on facing Rafael Nadal: 'It’s just a nightmare'

Rafael Nadal skipped Wimbledon preferring not to risk too many surface changes

by Simone Brugnoli
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Lajovic on facing Rafael Nadal: 'It’s just a nightmare'
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Rafael Nadal skipped Wimbledon preferring not to risk too many surface changes between Roland Garros and the Paris Olympics which are his biggest goal in what could be his last season.

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Nadal is training hard on clay and will play in Bastad as a preparatory stage before the Olympics. For Paris 2024, the champion of the 22 Grand Slam titles will play the two modalities that the tournament allows is the single and the double, and for partner, he chose Carlos Alcaraz.

Rafael Nadal skipped Wimbledon

In a recent interview with Tennis365, Dusan Lajovic talked about the Big 3: “I’m lucky to have played all the greats. I played Roger at Wimbledon, I played Rafael Nadal at the French Open and you are playing the name as well as the player.

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On the day I beat Novak, I was able to stay in the moment and not think about who I was playing and that is the only way you can win a match like that and it worked.” The Serbian praised Rafa: “Rafa without a doubt.

When you have a one-handed backhand, he can give you so much trouble with that topspin. It’s just a nightmare.

I played against Rafa at the French Open ten years ago and he just destroyed everyone that year, so it was no shame to lose against him.”

Alex Corretja, a silver medallist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in doubles with Albert Costa, said on Tuesday that the duo that Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will form at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games 'is the duo of the decade': 'There is no doubt that this is the tennis duo of the decade at the Olympic Games.

All they will transmit, this energy, this power, the experience of Rafa, which will be fundamental to help Carlos understand what the Olympics are, added to the naturalness, youth and self-confidence of Alcaraz, make it an exquisite combination.”

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