This Tuesday evening Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the world, and Rafael Nadal, currently fifth, face each other on the Court Philippe-Chatrier in Roland-Garros for the 59th time in their history together.
Never before have two players met so often on one pitch. The Serbian Novak Djokovic (35 years since May 22, number 1 in the world) and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (36 years next Friday, ATP 5) meet this Tuesday evening (from 8.45 p.m.) to rewrite history . It goes to the quarterfinals of the French Open on the Court Philippe-Chatrier in Roland-Garros.
The common history between Djokovic and Nadal begins in 2006 at Roland-Garros – right now! –, in the quarterfinals – already, until! That day, Djokovic hadn’t gone the distance and had resigned after losing the first two sets. Since then, the two men have faced each other 57 more times. In a total of 58 confrontations, Djokovic won 30 times, against 28 wins for Nadal.
58 games so far, 59 as of Tuesday night. It’s a head-to-head record in tennis history. For comparison, Roger Federer has played against Djokovic 51 times (2nd in history in head-to-head rankings) and Nadal “only” 41 times (3rd).
The 59th showdown between “Djoko” and “Rafa” therefore promises to be hot this Tuesday evening. To make your mouth water, take a look back at five of the biggest clashes between these two Grand Slam monuments.
US Open 2011 final: Djokovic wins 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1
Five years after their first confrontation, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have met for the 29th time, but only for the third time in a Grand Slam final. The two men surrender blow after blow and the exchanges are often epic. That day, Nadal lost serve 12 times while Djokovic lost serve just 6 times. Djokovic really is at the top of his game. Clearly superior to the Spaniard on Arthur Ashe’s court in Flushing Meadows, the Serb won in four sets.
2012 Australian Open final: Djokovic wins 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5
Third straight win for Djokovic against Nadal in the final of a Major, after Wimbledon and the US Open 2011. We are witnessing an anthology showdown in Melbourne. It will also be the longest Grand Slam final in history (5 hours and 53 minutes). Djokovic, who had to fight five sets against Andy Murray two days earlier in the semifinals, finds the necessary resources to survive the shock against the Mallorcan. He won in five sets, 7-5 in the 5th set.
Roland-Garros 2013, semifinals: Nadal wins 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 9-7
For some specialists, the 2013 Roland Garros semi-final is the most beautiful duel between the two men, characterized above all by an exceptional fifth set. In his stronghold, Nadal, who has only lost once on Paris ocher soil so far – against Robin Söderling in the year of Roger Federer’s victory in 2009 – is being pushed into his last entrenchments by the Serb. Leading 2-4 in the decider, Nadal managed to bounce back after a 4:37′ struggle to finish by the shoulder 9-7 in the decider. Djokovic ends up losing after committing no less than 75 unforced errors.
Semifinals Wimbledon 2018: Djokovic wins 6: 4, 3: 6, 7: 6, 3: 6, 10: 8
The 2018 Wimbledon semi-final is another classic showdown between Djokovic and Nadal. The Serb won in 5 hours and 16 minutes after a meeting that spanned two days. This clash of the titans will delight all fans of the little yellow ball. The fifth set alone – completed with 10: 8 by “Djoko” – lasted 1 hour and 31 minutes. This match marks the resurrection of Novak Djokovic, who has endured two painful years, both mentally and physically.
Roland-Garros 2021, semi-finals: Djokovic wins 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2
The two best enemies of the tennis planet engage in a new anthology duel in the semi-finals of the Paris tournament, forcing French authorities to lift the curfew – set at 11pm due to Covid – in order for the match to take place. break up. Djokovic wins in 4:11 and four sets. Nadal (only) had to accept his third defeat at Roland-Garros that day after conceding against Söderling in 2009 (round of 16) and … obviously Djokovic in 2015 (quarter-finals).
Where can you see this shock?
The Roland-Garros “Night Sessions” are not available on the French and Swiss public channels. Not easy to suddenly find the images of the long-awaited confrontation of the quarterfinals in Paris. Eurosport Germany will be innovative for the French. More information here.
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