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the spanish tennis player Raphael Nadal suffered, but left Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime in the way in the round of 16 to now find themselves in the “quarters” against the reigning champion and world number, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, in what will be an advanced final of Roland Garros 2022.
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The match expected since the main draw was known was precisely the one that will feature Nadal, the best winner of Roland-Garros with 13 championships, and “Nole”, the best in the world today and current Parisian monarch.
While Djokovic reached the “quarters” without a hitch and without giving up a single set, Rafael Nadal had problems. As is customary in recent years, the Iberian likes to live in extremis as happened against Auger-Aliassime, a player advised by Toni Nadal, yes the uncle of “Rafa”, and who won the match in five sets of an accident that took place in four hours and 21 minutes. 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3 concluded the engagement in favor of Manacorí.
Nadal lived in anguish the coronation of his Real Madrid in the Champions League, he was present on Saturday at the Stade de France, and on Sundays you had to dress in shorts and on the Philippe-Chatrier court try to stay alive in your favorite “big one”. “Rafa” rowed against the tide, he lost 3-6 in the first chapter, but came back with victory in the next two 6-3 and 6-2, which seemed to give him more peace of mind. spirit. In the third ‘game’ of the second set, the Iberian made it 2-1 after just over nine minutes to head for the return.
But the versatility and youth of his 21-year-old opponent complicated the actions of the Spaniard almost 36 to force the fifth set. The Canadian won the fourth set 6-3. Everything had to be defined in the last episode. For the third time in history, Nadal played all five sets of a Roland Garros match.
The fifth chapter was contested, balanced, they tied 3-3, until Nadal kept the serve to go 4-3 then with a break he extended the distance 5-3, already impossible for the North American. Rafael closed with 6-3 to win and now he will face Djokovic to play again in a promising battle.
In history, the two tennis players have met 58 times with “Nole” dominating with a 30-28 mark. Although on clay, the Spaniard commands with 19 wins for only eight losses. At Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal boasts of 29 wins and two losses against the ten best tennis players, precisely the two losses he suffered against the Serb.
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