The wait is over today. Today, almost a year later, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic face off on the tennis court again. One of the best tennis players in history will be seen in the quarter finals of the French Open. The match will start at 1:15 pm Bangladesh time.
The two last met in the semifinals of the French Open last year. Djokovic reached the final after winning the 56th match of the Nadal-Djokovic duo. Djokovic later won the second Grand Slam of his career, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
Tennis has not seen much since then. Nadal never played a Grand Slam again last year. Djokovic, along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, holds the record for most Grand Slam victories at Wimbledon. Nadal set the record by winning the Australian Open earlier this year. Djokovic also contributed indirectly to the Spanish superstar’s 21st Grand Slam victory. The Serbian superstar decided not to take the corona vaccine and did not play in the favorite Australian Open until the end.
After that incident, Djokovic returned to Grand Slam tennis with this French Open. The number one player in the rankings has sped up the campaign to share Nadal’s record again. Djokovic did not lose a single set on his way to the quarter-finals.
Nadal also won the first three rounds in Priyo Lal Fort in a straight set. However, in the fourth round the day before yesterday, the young Canadian Felix Aze-Aliasim took a tough test on 13-time French Open champion Nadal. Nadal had to play five sets to beat 21-year-old Aje-Aliasim. He had to play five sets for the third time in his 112-match career at the French Open.
109 wins, 3 losses – what an incredible record Nadal has in Roland Garo. Again, this record made Nadal a little nervous. Djokovic has two of the three rates. One in last year’s semifinals, the other in the 2015 quarterfinals. The two will meet before the first semifinal in the Grand Slam today after that quarter final.
Nadal also sang a farewell tune after losing to Aje-Aliasim the day before yesterday. The Spanish star, who has been battling the injury for a long time, said: “I know my situation, I agree. I am enjoying the fact that I can play here for one more year. Honestly, I played every match with the uncertainty of whether it was my last match in Roland Garo or not. I have a foot problem. So I don’t know what will happen in the near future. ‘
Nadal wanted to play the quarter finals on the same day. Humidity is high in Paris at night so the speed of the ball decreases and it is a bit cold. For all these reasons, Nadal does not want to play at night. Djokovic wants to take Nadal’s reluctance as an opportunity. The 20-time Grand Slam winner has said directly that he wants to play with Nadal at night.
Carlos Alcaraz also objected to the game in the night session. “It’s very difficult to play at night,” said the Spanish youngster after losing to Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals. Alcaraj, who played two matches at night, will play during the day today. The future of tennis will be played against Alexander Zverev of Germany in the quarter finals. If he wins this match, he will get either Nadal or Djokovic.