Rafael Nadal leaves the door open: "I don't know if it was the last time"

The Spanish champion was defeated in the first round of the Roland Garros by Zverev, but opened up to a possible match

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rafael Nadal leaves the door open: "I don't know if it was the last time"
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Perhaps the curtain has not fallen forever: the defeat in the first round against Alexander Zverev will be hard to stomach, but Rafael Nadal has left the door open to a possible come back at the Roland Garros. The Spanish champion was defeated in three sets with the final score of 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3, still playing a good match overall. The wrinkles due to the post-injury are still evident in the movements, in some cases even with the serve, but (and this is my personal consideration) I believe that Rafa will want to end his love affair with the Roland Garros with another genre of performance.

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In the post-match interview, Rafa said how he doesn't yet know if this will be his last time at the Parisian Slam but, if indeed it is, he enjoyed it.

"I don't know if it will be the last time here in front of all of you. I'm not sure. If it's the last time, I enjoyed it. The crowd was fantastic during the whole week of preparation. Today the feelings I feel are difficult to describe in words. It's so special for me to feel the love of the people in the place I love the most. The amount of energy… it's hard for me to talk about. I went through two very difficult years in terms of injuries. I went through this whole process with the dream of being here at the Roland Garros. The first round wasn't ideal. But I was competitive. I had my chances. It wasn't enough against a great player like Sascha. It's hard to say what will happen in the future.

There's probably a big chance that I won't play here again, but I can't say 100%… The amount of sensations I've felt on this amazing court during my career is just incredible. I could never have imagined that as a child I would be here at almost 28... 38... I would love to be 28! Winning so many times was something I could never have dreamed of. It was a beautiful process. All the memories each year were different but no less special than the others. What makes me feel so special is that all the people at Roland Garros behind the scenes who have helped me every time since I first came here have been unforgettable. The support of all my people there... My family, team, friends... everyone who helped me at some point in my life. I can't thank them enough. To all the people, the feelings you made me feel here are simply unforgettable," said Rafa in the post-match interview.

Alexander Zverev explained how it was an honor for him to face Rafa, highlighting how this moment and this match was for Rafa.

"I was lucky enough to face him twice on this beautiful court. I don't know what to say. To be honest I don't know what to say. Thank you Rafa from the whole tennis world. It's a great honor. I've watched Rafa play all my life. I was lucky enough to play him as a professional. Today is not my time," explained the German.

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