Rafael Nadal: Novak Djokovic one of toughest opponents, I'll have to play my best

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Rafael Nadal: Novak Djokovic one of toughest opponents, I'll have to play my best

Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal admitted starting his French Open quarterfinal clash so late wasn't ideal since he is 34 years and the conditions at the French Open have been all but ideal this year. On Tuesday, Nadal started his match against Jannik Sinner at 10:30 pm and won 7-6 (4) 6-4 6-1.

"Honestly, play at 11:00 in the evening with that cold the other night is tough. In some way little bit dangerous for the body, especially for an old body like my one (smiling)," Nadal said in his press conference after beating Schwartzman, per Max Gao.

But it left no major consequences on Nadal's body as on Friday he beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-3 7-6 (0) to reach the French Open final. "Is important to go through all the process. You have to suffer. You can’t pretend to be in a final of Roland Garros without suffering.

To believe that you can keep doing this kind of stuff, you need to win matches, you need to go through this process again," Nadal noted. "Winning these kind of matches, going through these moments with playing that aggressive with the forehand, knowing that you can have success like this, make me feel positive and make me feel confident.

That helps, of course, for the future."

Nadal says he will have to play his best game against Novak Djokovic

Record 12-time French Open champion Nadal is set to meet No. 1 seed Djokovic in the French Open final. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to make the final at Roland Garros.

Djokovic won the Rome Masters as a warm up for the French Open and now he is aiming to win his second title at Roland Garros. "The only thing I know is to play against Novak, I need to play my best. Without playing my best tennis, situation is very difficult.

[…] Is one of the toughest opponents possible. But I am here to keep trying my best," Nadal noted. Nadal is aiming to lift his fourth consecutive French Open title but he knows that he will have to deliver his absolute best in order to achieve his goal.

"I know I have to make a step forward. I think I did one today. But for Sunday is not enough. I need to make another one. That’s what I’m looking for. I going to work hard to try to make that happen," Nadal said.