THE BALLOON – “How can I manage the injury? We will talk after the tournament and they will understand everything” (Tennis)

The duel between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros lasted into the night and the Spaniard, who won after more than 4 hours (6-2, 4-6, 6-2 and 7-6 (7 -4) to reach the 15th time in the semi-finals, he was still answering questions after 1am.

The injury-plagued Spaniard, most recently a chronic left foot injury, hinted it could be his last time out, chasing a 14th title. “It’s very exciting, incredible. It’s very important for me to play here, it’s the most important place in my career. It’s always a big challenge to play against Novak, it was my best game in the last four months. I had no plan B, either I played my best or I lost”, he declared, thanking the support of the public, mainly on his side, as also noted by the Serbian.

Nadal was asked at length about a presence in the next issue, even if it is not yet finished.

“What I can say is that we will see each other in two days,” he said, referring to the semi-finals with Alexander Zverev, also leaving for later the explanation of how he held on.

“How do you deal with the injury? We’ll talk after the tournament and you’ll understand everything. I will give my all and then we will see what happens. We’ll see how it goes. Now is not the time to give explanations, but I have them and you will have them at the end,” he said.

When asked if he was surprised by their performance, he once again gave credit to the Parisian tournament itself: “Playing here is special, there is something unique about these courts and I ‘ve managed to be at a level that I hadn’t reached in recent months. I doubted I would be able to do the same and this victory gave me a lot of energy. Too bad it’s ‘only’ in the quarter-finals.

Novak Djokovic, defending champion, recognized the superiority of his rival: “Congratulations to Nadal, he was better than me in the decisive moments. They lifted him up at crucial moments, helped him regain his energy. They were decisive. physical state? I haven’t seen any problems with it.

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