Is happy. And is not for less. Novak Djokovic assured that the Roland Garros semifinal duel against Spaniard Rafael Nadal was “the best” he played in that Grand Slam tournament and “one of the three best” of his entire career. This is how the Serbian, N ° 1 in the world, showed himself at a press conference in Paris.
“The fact of having faced the best rival on a track where he has achieved so many successes in 15 years is incredible. Besides, the atmosphere has been extraordinary. It will be one of those nights that you will always remember,” he said.
Djokovic said that now he has to think about the final that he will face Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday. The Serbian seeks to achieve his 19th Grand Slam title and be one of the historical record, held by Nadal along with the Swiss Roger Federer.
“It is his first Grand Slam final, it is a great feat, but he will not want to stay there. He is in great physical shape and leads the classification of the year. He has won in maturity, especially on clay, which is now his surface. preferred, “said the Serbian about an opponent whom he defeated last year in the semi-finals at Roland Garros in five sets.
The Serbian wanted to pay tribute to Nadal, “a great player who has marked the history of Roland Garros”. Now he became the only one to beat the Spaniard twice at the French Open, where the southpaw suffered just two knockdowns to Djokovic and one to Swede Robin Soderling.
“Every time you have to play against him here is like climbing Everest to be able to beat him. From each duel against him I have tried to draw lessons. That I have tried to apply today. It is one of the games that I will remember for a long time. “he commented.