Rafael Nadal insisted that despite knocking out Novak Djokovic, he still has work to do to win the 14th French Open, and said that it was “too late” to play after his quarter-finals ended early Wednesday. ۔ The Spaniard is still on track to break the record for the 22nd men’s Grand Slam title and will face third seed Alexander Zverev in the semifinals on Friday to mark his 36th birthday. Nadal defeated defending champion Djokovic 8-2, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) in Roland Garros, ending at 1 a.m. local time. Time
“It was a very emotional night for me,” Nadal said. “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 match ended in cold weather under Court Philip Chatterjee lights, with many spectators covering themselves with blankets as the match stretched from May to June.
“It’s definitely too late,” said Nadal, who was asked not to play in the night session.
“I can’t complain because we have two days off right now, but if you only have one day off, or as Zverev was in Madrid when he had to play in the final the next day, that’s a big problem. Is.
“I think the other part of the business, of course, is that television pays a lot;
“We need to find a balance.”
Nadal, who won the Australian Open earlier this year, has been battling a chronic foot injury in recent weeks.
He said before his match with Djokovic that it could be his last match at Paris Clay.
“I don’t know what could happen,” he admitted. “Like I said before, I’m going to play this tournament because we’re working to get ready to play this tournament, but I don’t know what’s going to happen next.
“I have what I have at my feet, so if we are not able to find an improvement or a small solution, it is becoming very difficult for me.
“That’s all. I enjoy the opportunity to come here every day, and without thinking too much about what might happen in the future.”
If Nadal picks up the trophy again on Sunday, he will overtake Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time list of the biggest men’s titles.
But it downplayed the significance of the battle between the ‘Big Three’.
“From my point of view, it doesn’t matter. We achieved our dreams. We made history in this game because we did things that weren’t done before.”
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