A Novak Djokovic – Rafael Nadal duel in the final of Roland Garros 2023? Who would not sign? In any case, Novak Djokovic wants it. This Wednesday, in a press conference at his home in Serbia, the current world number 1 talked about his main rival, Rafael Nadal. Despite the arrival of Carlos Alcaraz, Nole does not deny it, his best enemy on the circuit remains Rafa. This is only natural, as the two men have had some great matches in recent years. Three of the last four duels between the two men have taken place at the three most recent French Opens. Rafa won the final in 2020 before falling in the semis in 2021. Last year, it was the Majorcan who dictated the quarterfinals at Porte d’Auteuil.
My main rival is Nadal. Although Alcaraz was number one, he is now number two, he won a Slam, he is probably the next big thing in our sport, but I think the rivalry with Nadal is something that is difficult to eliminate in just a year and a half. Nadal was and is probably the biggest rival I’ve had in my entire career. I would love to play him in the final at Roland Garros.” No one would mind another Rafa – Novak final on the Chatrier this year.
The Serbian was also very complimentary of Carlos Alcaraz. “Alcaraz is playing at a very good level, especially after several months on the tour due to injuries. It’s amazing that he’s able to get back to the top level so soon, it’s a characteristic of a mature player, someone with experience,” Nole acknowledged. “He’s a great guy, he has a great team and he deserves all his success. He brings a new energy to tennis, he’s a very dynamic player and person. He deserves everything.”
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