The dream of Rafael Nadal to be crowned once more in Roland Garros collided with a Serbian wall called Novak Djokovic. The world number one defeated the Spanish 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), and 6-2, and achieved a result of only two antecedents, and in total the Serbian was in charge of giving him two of the three defeats to the Spanish in the mythical clay of Paris.
The Mallorcan’s first fall in Paris was in 2009, against Swede Robin Soderling for the round of 16, in a match that had Nadal as the favorite by an abysmal difference, but ended with a result against him of 6-2, 6 -7, 6-4, and 7-6.
Then Soderling would fall in the final against Roger Federer in straight sets, being that of 2009 the only title of the Swiss in that Grand Slam. That time, the Basel man achieved the career Grand Slam, completing successes in all four Majors.
Rafa’s second defeat was also against Djokovic, who won in the quarterfinals 7-5, 6-3 and 6-1, in 2015. The Serbian would end up losing in the decisive match against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka. And now he said goodbye to Paris again after six years, with this defeat at the hands of the Serbian in 2021.
Nole will define the tournament against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, after forcing the third fall of the Spanish legend at Roland Garros. One loss every six years, in a total of 108 singles matches there.
Despite the elimination, Nadal will remain the top winner of the tournament (13) for many years.