Many wondered which version of Nadal was going to show up in the French capital given how his chronic foot injury flared up in Rome just a fortnight ago. But once again the 21-time Grand Slam champion showed just how phenomenal he is on the hallowed clay of Roland Garros as a performance coupled with ruthless aggression and sheer resiliency, hallmarks of his legendary career, saw him dethrone the defending champion.
Prior to another epic encounter with his great rival, Nadal hinted this French Open may be his last due to his chronic injury. On whether this would be his last time at the Grand Slam, Nadal doubled down on his claim, saying: “I am old enough to not hide things or come here and say something I don’t believe.
“I have what I have in the foot, so if we aren’t able to find an improvement or a small solution then it’s becoming super difficult.” The great Spaniard showed added aggression in this encounter as he struck 57 winners en route to clinching his 29th victory over the Serbian.
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