The dream of conquering the 21st Slam of his career was stopped in the semifinals and Rafael Nadal could not be confirmed in Paris, defeated by his great opponent and world number one Novak Djokovic. After four hours of play and 11 minutes Novak won with the result of 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2.
After a positive start from the Spanish, the Serbian champion reacted well and managed to overcome the match. Djokovic had just returned from a five-game losing streak in Paris against Nadal, the most recent in last year's final between the two.
Thanks to this success, Nole will challenge Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final today and in case of victory he will reach the Slam title number 19 and thus will approach Roger Federer and indeed Rafael Nadal, both with 20 titles.
The Spanish really wanted, like all his followers, this Roland Garros because in the event of his fourteenth success in Paris, he would become the first tennis player in history to reach 21 Grand Slam titles in the world of men's tennis.
But Rafa MUST be present in London. The Slam at the All England Club is the tennis highlight of the year, and after last season's cancellation, everyone is eager to see the best tennis players on the planet hit the Chruch Road turf.
Wimbledon without Nadal would be something less: the Big Three, unless they have serious physical problems, know that they will have to be there, guaranteeing a great show for all the fans, who cannot wait for Wimbledon to return after two years.
The loss to Djokovic in what Nadal himself called the most important tournament of the year is a bad blow for him and the Spaniard appeared very disappointed at the press conference, leaving doubts about his imminent future.
Rafa has in fact declared that he will not participate in the tournament on the grass of Palma de Mallorca, a home tournament that starts too early for his return and above all he has said words that leave many doubts in the face of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam.
Djokovic was battered in last year's final by Nadal
Goran Ivanisevic believes Novak Djokovic played "perfect" tennis and thoroughly outgunned Rafael Nadal after losing the first set of their Roland Garros semi-final clash.
"The match started almost identically to last year’s final, but this time it was like Novak reset himself when he was 0-5 down in the first set," Ivanisevic said. "He nearly clawed his way back into that set and I knew that we were going to see a very different match going forward.
What happened in the second, third and fourth set… I have never seen Rafa so powerless at Roland-Garros," he added. "I feel like Novak could have won the third set sooner, but overall, his tennis was perfect.
I mean, I have a right to say what I want to say," the former Wimbledon champion said. "I had my own reasons; I am part of Novak Djokovic's team and it is normal that I believe in my player. This year, he gave a tennis lesson to Nadal.
I am not gloating; simply put, last year Novak was not ready, but this year he was mentally solid and prepared for the battle."