Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal is sad because tournaments can't have full stands but he is grateful to have the Tour restarted. On Sunday, Nadal demolished world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in front of a limited number of fans at Roland Garros as he handed a straight-set defeat to the Serb 6-0 6-2 7-5 in the French Open final.
Nadal now has a record of 13 French Open titles and he is tied with Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors. "We didn't enjoy, as always, a full crowd, an amazing atmosphere. So, yeah, not because I won the tournament I change my thoughts, no? The situation still sad.
We are lucky enough to be able to practice, to play our sport, to have a tour," Nadal said in his press conference, per Max Gao. "We can't thank enough to the ATP, Roland Garros, the US Open, to everybody who maked big efforts to organize events under these very difficult circumstances.
But I don’t forget how tough is the situation in the world. I just really hope that the situation improves very soon”.
Nadal extremely happy with his level against Djokovic
After breaking back Nadal in the sixth game of the third set, Djokovic hoped he would change the things on the court but the Spaniard kept playing great and ended up winning in straight sets.
"Of course I played at an amazing level of tennis, no? For two sets and a half I played great. I can’t say another thing. Is impossible to have this score against [Novak Djokovic] without playing great. Yeah, [I] played a very good final," Nadal noted.
"I played at my highest level when I needed to play at my highest level, so something I am very proud. The personal satisfaction is big. […] I was able to adapt well. I was able to be positive in every circumstances that I was facing during the whole event "I just tried to work every day with the right determination, looking for my goals.
Yeah, I think is one of the Roland Garros [titles] that have a better personal value for myself”. Nadal also gave credit to his team. "I had all the time my team next to me & supporting, especially in the tough days b/c is difficult to work every single day without a clear schedule.
Is great to have such great professionals & great human beings next to me to push me & to help me in that tough days," Nadal added.