French Open 2022: Rafael Nadal smiles after victory over Novak Djokovic.AFP
Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in a thrilling match in the quarterfinals of the French Open 2022 on Wednesday. Nadal, who watched World No. 1 return after winning the second set after two breakdowns, defeated Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) after a four. He held his nerves for. One hour and 12 minute quarter finals on a tumultuous court Philippe Chatrier. The intensity of the victory against one of his biggest rivals was evident on the face of the Spaniard, as he could not stop smiling from ear to ear after the epic of Roland Garros.
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What a set! What a return!
– Roland-Garros (landrolandgarros) May 31, 2022
The ‘King of Clay’ broke the 57 winners in trademark performances to appease the crowd as he avenged his semi-final defeat to the same rival 12 months ago.
“It was a very emotional night for me in the end,” Nadal said after the match. “I’m still playing like a nightmare.
“But is this just a quarter-final match? So I didn’t win anything. I just give myself a chance to get back on the court in two days. Playing another semi-final here at Roland Garros means a lot to me. . “
The 35-year-old Paris Clay has lost just three of his 113 matches since his 2005 title-winning debut and is now 30-29 behind Djokovic in his career.
The Spaniard, fifth seed, is on track to expand his 22nd Grand Slam title record since lifting this year’s Australian Open, which Djokovic did not remember after being deported as a cod vaccine.
Nadal will now face Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, after the German knocked out teen sensational Carlos Alvarez in the quarterfinals.
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