In the French Open quarter-finals, the next edition of the legendary tennis duel between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will take place on Tuesday. The rivalry numbers are impressive.
Nadal vs Djokovic – What a match!
There hasn’t been another rivalry between two athletes for a long period of time. For the 59th time, the two legends will face each other in the French Open quarter-finals on Tuesday, and they’ve already had epic matches on all surfaces. Between 2011 and 2013, Nadal and Djokovic met 11 times in a row in only the finals. Sometimes one was ahead, sometimes the other. The overall balance is currently 30:28 for Djokovic.
“We know each other very well and we have a lot of history together,” Nadal rightly said about the upcoming match.
French Open record: The stats at Roland Garros clearly speak of the clay court king Nadal with a 7:2 ratio. Overall, he’s 19:8 ahead on this deck.
Sign up for Grand Slams: Even if you look at the Grand Slams in general, Nadal has the stats on his side. 10:7 is Nadal’s current score. The 35-year-old has a total of 21 Grand Slam titles to his credit, making him the men’s record holder. With his victory at the French Open this year, Djokovic (currently 20 titles) would tie with Nadal.
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First match: When Djokovic and Nadal first encountered each other on the field at the age of twenty, current shooting star Carlos Alcaraz was three years old. Nadal wore knee-high pants and a sleeveless shirt. Djokovic was forced to retire in the 2006 French Open quarter-finals, 6-4, 6-4. At the time, the biggest rivalry in tennis history was not expected to develop between the two.
More epic duels: Roland Garros was the scene of one of the most legendary matches between Djokovic and Nadal. In the 2013 semi-finals, Djokovic was on the verge of beating Nadal for the first time in the “living room” in Paris. The Spaniard pushed into the fifth set and was ahead 4:2. He then hit the net with a shot, lost serve and Nadal won the high-class duel after 4 hours 37 minutes with 9:7 in the deciding set.
Both fought longer in the Australian Open final. They faced each other in the final in Melbourne for nearly six hours. Djokovic defeated Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5. In the award ceremony that followed, the opponents could hardly stand it.
Most one-sided matches: The 2019 Australian Open final was a no-brainer. Djokovic beat Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in just 2 hours and 4 minutes.
However, the rivalry between Nadal and Djokovic would not be legendary if the Spaniard did not continue to respond in the same way. In the next Grand Slam final, Nadal never gave Djokovic any chance again. He dominated the 2020 French Open final as he pleased and achieved his thirteenth title at Roland Garros with 6:0, 6:2, 7:5.
The last duel: In the last meeting so far in the 2021 French Open semi-finals, Djokovic won 3:6, 6:3, 7:6, 6:2. This was Nadal’s third defeat to Roland Garros, two of which he conceded to Djokovic.
direction: The current form clearly speaks volumes about Djokovic. While Serbia’s Diego Schwartzman did not concede the slightest chance of 6:1, 6:3, 6:3 in the round of 16, Nadal had to work against Felix Auger-Aliassime for more than four hours to defeat the Canadian in five sets. . In the round of 16 in Rome, Nadal broke clear against Denis Shapovalov. Djokovic won this tournament, emphasizing his power on clay.
The appointment should be an additional disadvantage for Nadal. The first match of the quarter-finals will be played in the evening session and will not start before 8:45 PM. Then uncomfortable conditions prevail for Nadal, who suffers from constant foot pain. After his third-round duel against Boutique Van de Zancholb, he complained: “I don’t like playing on mud at night because the humidity is higher, the ball is slower and conditions can be ‘heavy’ – especially when it’s cold.”
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