Janko Tipsarevic: 'Rafael Nadal played flawless match vs. Novak Djokovic in Paris'



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Janko Tipsarevic: 'Rafael Nadal played flawless match vs. Novak Djokovic in Paris'

Speaking about the Roland Garros final, Janko Tipsarevic said that no one could have expected that outcome. The Serb said that Rafael Nadal played a flawless match, while Novak Djokovic made too many errors, rushing to finish the points and finding no answer for Nadal's strokes.

It was one of the most important matches of the century, with Nadal seeking the 20th and Djokovic 17th Major crown. Despite challenging conditions and a mighty opponent on the other side, Nadal was determined to extend his Parisian reign, overcoming all the concerns and a roof above his head to score a dominant 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory in two hours and 41 minutes.

Nadal got broken eight times in seven encounters in Paris during the fortnight, and Djokovic couldn't find the return magic to challenge the mighty opponent. Thus, Rafa became the third-oldest Roland Garros winner at 34, securing his fourth Major crown without losing a set and joining Federer on 20 Major titles.

Rafa had 31 winners and 14 unforced errors against Novak, controlling his strokes nicely and taking half of the return points to grab seven breaks from 18 opportunities. Djokovic couldn't find his A-game in the opening two sets, spraying 50 unforced errors and failing to match Nadal's pace to lose ground.

Rafa destroyed Novak in the shortest range up to four strokes and earned his victory in that segment, as they stayed close to each other in the more advanced exchanges. Delivering his best tennis right from the opening game, Rafa grabbed an instant break when Novak's backhand landed long.

Janko Tipsarevic shared his thoughts about the Roland Garros final.

The Spaniard seized another return game at 2-0 to increase the lead after 20 minutes and painted a backhand crosscourt winner at 4-0 to extend the gap.

Rafa held at 15 in game six to wrap up the opener with a bagel, repeating what he did against Roger Federer in the final 12 years ago. The defending champion grabbed two breaks in set number two and held at 30 at 5-2 with a service winner to forge a 6-0, 6-2 advantage in an hour and 34 minutes.

They stayed neck and neck until 5-5 in the third after trading breaks in the middle of the set. Novak hit a double fault in that 11th game to lose serve and propel Rafa towards the title following the Spaniard's excellent hold a few minutes later.

"The Roland Garros final surprised us all. Nadal played a perfect match, and Novak made tactic errors which are usually not related to his game. When they both play on a high level, there are many epic points and rallies regardless of the surface.

That was all missing in their Parisian encounter. Novak probably tried to finish the point too soon, going for drop shots or too powerful strokes. In my opinion, the conditions favored Nadal, and it wasn't easy to beat him in the way that Novak attempted," Janko Tipsarevic said.