“When Rafael Nadal retires others can hope for Roland Garros” - former top 30 player

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“When Rafael Nadal retires others can hope for Roland Garros” - former top 30 player

Former top 30 WTA player, Alexandra Dulgheru, talked about the two titans of tennis, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, confronting in the final act of the 2020 Roland Garros edition, and she put her stake on the Spaniard. “Only when Rafa retires others can hope for the title.

I still see him as the favorite, but let’s wait and see. At US Open, Djokovic looked unbeatable, and we saw his progress here. While Nadal is there, at Roland Garros, I can't give too many chances to the others,” Dulgheru told Eurosport.

Alexandra experienced the best years of her career in the 2009-2011 period, when she achieved the highest ranking of her career, world number 26. Then, she got injured and, ever since, she has failed to outperform her record.

Rafael Nadal about meeting Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal earned his place in the French Open final on Friday when he beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-3 7-6 (0). "In some way I think I played tactically the right match. I think at the half of the first set I make a couple mistakes tactically/technically.

But in general terms, I am super happy about the match. Have been an important victory for me against a very tough player," Nadal said about the semifinal victory. On the other side, we have Serbian Novak Djokovic who edged Stefanos Tsitsipas, setting things straight with a strong 6-1 in the fifth set.

"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. Watch the best parts of the match between Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman here. Watch the highlights of the crazy semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas here.