Rafael Nadal silence all those who criticize him when he pokes fun Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer became the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles. Nadal confronts the reigning No. 2 in the world Daniil Medvedev in the final of 2022 Australian Open and with the odds piling up against him, Nadal had an age comeback as he went 2 sets or less to win the last 3 sets and qualify for the final and also the 21st major. his.
While Nadal became the first man to win 21 Slams, it also helped Djokovic retain the world No. 1 spot that should have belonged to Medvedev when the Russian reached the Australian Open final against Nadal. . As Nadal currently leads the way in the race for the number of Grand Slam titles, he is now the favorite to add another to his list as the 2nd Slam of the season, 2022 French Open.
With Nadal a 13-time champion at Roland Garros, he will be the favorite again and a win could take him to 22 majors and further increase his lead. With Djokovic’s join the dubious French OpenWith his unvaccinated status and the French government hinting at mandatory vaccinations, the Serbian could very well be replaced at the top.
Novak is currently holding the number 1 spot as of February 3, 2020 when he usurped Nadal at the top of the rankings. While Djokovic has won four of his eight Slams since then, he remains at the top of the table thanks to steady performances while Nadal faces injuries that will see his 2021 season end in August. .
“Today, Djokovic was a first in the world, but that’s because Rafa didn’t play much last season. If Rafa hadn’t had such an injury, he would have been first, but I don’t think that separates him much from Djokovic and Federer.” said Rafa’s uncle and former coach Toni Nadal as reported by Serbian media Novosti.rs.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic meet twice in the 2021 season
While Djokovic continues to lead Nadal in terms of head-to-head record, the two players have met twice in the 2021 season. They first met in the final of the World Cup. Rome Masters Tournaments 2021 as Nadal went on to win the record-long 10th Masters. Nadal won the final in 3 sets to have a head-to-head record of 28-29.
They met next time in the semi-finals of Expansion Solutions in 2021 in what is known as the ‘virtual final’. In a very tight match, Djokovic overcame the injured Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in 4 hours and 11 minutes to take the lead in the head-to-head record once again. . went on to win the final 2 days later to claim his 2nd French Open title.
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