On Tuesday evening, the 59th edition of the rivalry between Rafael Nadal, having a head-to-head record at Roland Garros 7-2, and the defending champion Novak Djokovic is going to take place at French open.
Actually, they are battling each other for a place in the semi-finals. Let’s find out more about this head-turning tennis match.
Tim Henman’s Thoughts On French Open Showdown
A British retired professional tennis player, Tim Henman, shared his thoughts on this French open quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. He mentioned it is going to be the most influential men’s tennis match in the last ten years.
This longtime rivalry will meet for the 59th time on Tuesday. Novak Djokovic has a head-to-head record of 30-28. Last year, he won most of the semi-final matches in the French Open.
If Novak wins this 59th edition rivalry, he will qualify for the 21st Grand Slam title. Moreover, his record will equal the record held by Rafael. Once Tim Henman was asked about the significance of the match.
Henman mentioned a match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in 2019 was similar to this head-turning rivalry. The consequences of this match were that Novak was on 20 and Roger was on 21, and they were trying to draw the game.
Fans are really excited to see this match. However, who knows how long these guys will keep going. Whoever wins this match will qualify for a game against either Carlos Alcaraz or Alexander Zverev.
However, a debate over this 59 edition men’s tennis match is also scheduled for the evening. You may remember the 2020 French open finals, where Rafael beat Novak in straight sets. Seven-TIme Grand Slam Champion Mats Wilander mentioned that we would experience a fast aggressiveness and ball striking match.
Rafal is an all-time favourite for everyone. There will be only one name on everyone’s tongue. If the crowd cheers only Rafal’s name, Novak will take it positively and use that adversity to fire himself up.
During an interview, Novak said he has won nine matches in a row and is looking for a physical batter against Rafal. He mentioned playing Rafal in Roland Garros always seems like a physical battle.
However, Novak seems to be ready and focused on this challenge. He is prepared to hit every ball.