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Nadal says ‘I haven’t won anything’ and warns ‘too late’ to play

06 Jun 2022 | 08:13 | Football


Tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the end of their men's singles match on day 10 of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Philippe-Chatrier Court in Paris early on day 1 June 2022. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT/AFP)

Tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the end of their men’s singles match on day 10 of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Philippe-Chatrier Court in Paris early on day 1 June 2022. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT/AFP)

Rafael Nadal insists he still has a lot of work to do to win his 14th French Open title despite knocking out Novak Djokovic and says it’s “too late” to compete after their quarter-final ends on Tuesday. Wednesday morning.

The Spaniard is still on track to win a record-long 22nd Men’s Grand Slam title and will face third seed Alexander Zverev in the semi-final on his 36th birthday on Friday.

Nadal faced defending champion Djokovic at Roland Garros to 8-2 with a Win 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) ends after 1 a.m. local time.

“In the end it was a very emotional night for me,” said Nadal. “I still play every night like today.

“But is it just a quarterfinal? So I didn’t win anything. I only gave myself one chance to return to court in two days. Playing one more semi-final at Roland Garros here means a lot to me.”

The match ended in cool conditions under the lights of Court Philippe Chatrier, with many fans covered in blankets as the game ran from May to June.

“Without a doubt, it’s too late,” said Nadal, who asked not to compete in the night’s session.

“I can’t complain because we have two days off now, but if you only have one day off, or as Zverev had in Madrid, when he has to play the final the next day, it’s a big one. big problem.

“I understand another part of the business, without a doubt, that television pays a lot of money…

“We need to find a balance.”

Nadal, who won the Australian Open earlier this year, has struggled in recent weeks with a Chronic foot injury.

He said before the match against Djokovic that it potentially his last on Parisian clay.

“I don’t know what could have happened,” he admitted. “Like I said before, I’m going to play this tournament because we’re doing everything we can to get ready to play this tournament, but I don’t know what’s going to happen after that.

“I have what I have in my legs, so if we can’t find an improvement or a small solution to that, it becomes extremely difficult for me.

“Ah that’s it. I’m just enjoying every day that I get the chance to be here, and not thinking much about what might happen in the future.”

Nadal will be far ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer on the list of most men’s titles of all time if he lifts the trophy again on Sunday.

But he downplayed the importance of the battle between the ‘big three’.

“In my opinion, it doesn’t matter much. We have achieved our dream. We make history in the sport because we’ve done things that didn’t happen before.”

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