Rafael Nadal once again met Novak Djokovic on the clay court in Rome. The 28-year old Spaniard faced Djokovic who has won the last 2 Rome titles.
This is a seventh consecutive defeat against the four-time champion. Nadal has been let down once again in claiming another Rome title for himself. Djokovic gave him another defeat to think about in the Quarter Finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
Their best match since Doha, the two battled it out on the clay court while the wind played to Nadal’s advantage. Aside from that, Telegraph notes that Nadal has seemed to find another tennis play that can he can use against Djokovic when they meet again at the Roland Garros. A runaround forehand he releases easily bags him some points but it’s also important to point out that Djokovic manages most of it well enough.
If Rafael Nadal wants to regain his status and avenge his standings against Djokovic, he must find another way. Rafael Nadal currently stands at World no 5 while Djokovic remains safe in his World no 1 position.
It’s not only Djokovic Nadal has to worry about. Even though he defeated Murray in Monte Carlo, Murray gave the clay court king his defeat in the Madrid Open.
After the win, Djokovic had this to say about Nadal, “Winning against Nadal is the ultimate challenge on clay courts and one of the toughest challenges we have in sport.I won against one of my biggest rivals on his preferred surface. We must not forget he’s in form. He won Monte-Carlo and Barcelona and has played well the past couple of weeks.”
With Nadal’s loss in the quarter-finals, his chances of winning an eight Rome title is also squashed, he can still hold on to the fact that he is still the most successful player in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, having bagged the title 7 times. It definitely is something for the 28-year old who has been playing professionally for almost 16 years.
Rafael Nadal may have lost again to Djokovic but he definitely is just retiring from the Rome open and is set again to play in the French Open starting this May 22.