Serbian tennis icon Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s 33 matches winning streak at the French Open 2021. Consequently, he also became the second player in the history of the racket sport to defeat the Spaniard twice in Roland Garros.
When asked about his review on his pupil’s defeat on Parisian clay this year in a recent interview, Carlos Moya said the semifinal match was close to the 2021 Italian Open final, where the Spaniard beat Serb in the three sets. But his student did not play with his full intensity. At the same time, he admired opponent Djokovic’s willpower and temperament.
Moya continued, “It was a game similar to the one they played in Rome a few weeks ago. Everything is very even, and it is vital to hit a series of points that can change the balance.”(Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
“Novak was better in those situations, like 5-6 in the third set, but It was also key that Rafa let him into the game when he dominated 5-0 in the first set. Although he ended up losing that set, it raised doubts to see how Djokovic raised his level,” Coach added.
The 44-year-old from Palma also explained, “Many times, we talk about tactics, but to win these games, you need to be very successful in all your shots. But, unfortunately, Rafa made too many unforced errors, and he was not at his level with the service or with the backhand.”
Novak Djokovic Has An Impressive Mentality, says Carlos Moya
Nadal’s coach emphasised that Djokovic consistently attacked Nadal from various directions. As a result, his pupil could not find a way to bounce back. And they will study this splendid match to acquire skills.
The 1998 Roland Garros champion confessed, “Novak did better. He cornered him very well. On his backside, Rafa could not easily escape from there. We are going to learn a lot from this match.”
“He has an impressive mentality, a determination rarely seen in the history of the sport. All the members of the Big 3 have made each other better,” Moya praised.
In addition, Djokovic eventually captured his second French Open after encountering Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the gruelling five-setters in the championship showdown.