Novak Djokovic wrote a new page of history at Roland Garros last Sunday. The world number 1 not only won his 19th career Slam, but also became the first player in the Open Era to have won all four majors at least twice. The Serbian champion has forfeited two victories from two sets down along the way, respectively in the round of 16 against Lorenzo Musetti and in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Thanks to the second triumph in the Ville Lumiere, the 34-year-old from Belgrade was therefore only one length behind the eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The latter had to bow to Nole in the semifinals, making up for his third overall defeat in the French Grand Slam.
In his column in the Spanish newspaper 'El Pais', Toni Nadal said that Djokovic's success in Paris has further intensified the debate on the GOAT. Novak will also be the big favorite at Wimbledon and the US Open (waiting to see if he will play the Olympic Games).
Toni Nadal on his nephew Rafael
"The only thing that could have somewhat alleviated the disappointment of Rafael Nadal's defeat in his Roland Garros semifinal match against Novak Djokovic would have been that he was defeated in the final by Stefanos Tsitsipas," Toni wrote.
Toni revealed that apart from his nephew, Stefanos Tsitsipas was the only player he considered capable of beating Djokovic in Paris. "The player I saw as most capable of beating the Serbian on clay if he had the opportunity, apart from my nephew, of course, was precisely the Greek," Toni continued.
"And for much of the meeting I held out hope that it would happen. In the first games of the third set, Stefanos lacked some aggression and that extra concentration more experienced players often give in the important moments," added Rafael Nadal's uncle.
"Djokovic took notice of the situation, increased his pace and maintained the same intensity until the end. He went from dominated to dominator, and as the games progressed, I think we all had the feeling that the scoreboard was going to be definitively in favor of the Serbian.
We saw a good final that brings Novak dangerously close to Federer and Rafael, in the fight to close their respective careers as the greatest conqueror of Grand Slam titles," Toni wrote. "The next two tournaments, Wimbledon and the US Open, will probably be decisive," he added.
"I would not dare to venture conclusions, but I do dare to maintain the confidence that it is my nephew who raises one of the two."