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Djokovic believes Nadal will continue in 2025: – Played very well

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Novak Djokovic believes that Rafael Nadal is not done with Roland Garros. Photo: Christophe Ena / AP Photo / NTB.

Of NTB | 29.05.2024 07:23:08

Sport: Djokovic and Nadal have met 59 times in their careers, ten of which have been in the French Grand Salm tournament, which Nadal has won 14 times.

The Serbian was part of a star-studded crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday when Nadal was beaten in straight sets by Alexander Zverev in the first round.

– It was great. Iga (Swiatek) was there, (Carlos) Alcaraz was there and we all wanted to catch a glimpse of the atmosphere of the possibly unique moment that could be his last match. But it doesn’t look like it, Djokovic said after playing the second round on Tuesday.

Asked if he expected to see Nadal play Roland Garros in 2025, the Serbian replied:

– Yes, it looks like that. I think he played very well. Although he lost in straight sets, the second and third were very even. He could have easily won one of these two sets, and then the match might have gone in a different direction.

After the match, Nadal said he wanted to commit to some future plans.

Zverev joined Djokovic and Robin Söderling as the only men to defeat Nadal at Roland Garros since 2005.

– He was a bit unlucky with the draw, because Zverev is in good shape and won in Rome. And he served extremely well, said Djokovic.

– It was great to watch. “I can’t remember the last time I actually saw a set of a match live at that level, apart from Davis Cup matches,” he continued.

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