In an interview to Le Parisien, Rafael Nadal recalled his 2009 loss to Robin Soderling in the French Open fourth round. The Spanish player said: "The Soderling one was pretty tough but I was coming from a complicated time.
I had many knee issues and I was dealing with family matters. Also, in the place that I probably love the most over the world, I was influenced by people who didn't want me to win. They wanted me to lose. Not feeling that support was very hard.
But over the last years, the relationship was fantastic and I have unbelievable memories." Nadal, who won his 11th French Open in June defeating Dominic Thiem in a four-set final, also confessed: "Every Monday after the final, without an exception, I say it could be my last title.
I have been believing at it since 2005 (year of his first triumph). I just have the hope or trust of saying that I have chances." Denis Shapovalov recalled his 2017 third-round win over Nadal in the 2017 Montreal Rogers Cup: "The best experience for me was having Wayne Gretzky on the court, beating Rafael Nadal in front of thousands of people, it's an unforgettable moment in my life that I will cherish for the rest of my career."