Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic played their first match at the 2006 French Open. Rafa and Novak have built their biggest rivals during the French Open in the last 15 years, fighting 57 times around the world and clashing again in the French Open semifinals on Friday.
Djokovic has won the match so far, and Nadal has secured 28 victories following his great rival. The Serbs were 15-13 in the ATP Finals and Nadal had the advantage in Clay, winning 19 of the 26 encounters on the slowest roads.
Future conflicts in Paris are very important for both rivals. Because they have a chance to reach a title clash and improve their major tally. Nadal and Djokovic were favorites in the first half of the year, beating five opponents and causing a ninth thrilling clash in Paris.
Nadal coach Carlos Moya understands that every match is different and Rapha’s match needs to be tailored for each new opponent.
Carlos Moya talked about the fighting spirit of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
In praise of Rafa and Novak, Moya stated that they were the ultimate warriors in court and couldn’t win until the final point and handshake.
Moya remembered Djokovic struggling against Lorenzo Musetti and Matteo Berrettini and played at a high level when it was most important to defeat them and advance to the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Nadal endured a tough set with Alexei Popyrin, Richard Gasquet and Diego Schwartzman, dropping one set so far and advancing to the 14th French Open semifinals.
“This is a special match. They have played many times in the finals and this year is the semifinals. It is the most recurring rival in the open era. The Roman finals are helpful, but Rafa can play even better.
Each match is different and we are constantly adjusting to win. We have to find out what works well for Rafa and plagues his rivals. It’s not easy to reach the semifinals in the majors without facing trouble.
Novak had some ups and downs, especially for Berrettini and Musetti. Still, it’s Djokovic and he always finds a way. Rafa and Novak are the same. They are natural survivors and you didn’t win the match against them until you shook hands, “said Carlos Moya.
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“Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are natural survivors,” says Carlos Moya.
https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/98920/-rafael-nadal-and-novak-djokovic-are-natural-survivors-says-carlos-moya/ “Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are natural survivors,” says Carlos Moya.