The King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, is one step closer to win his 13th title at Roland Garros. Spaniard will now face top-seeded Novak Djokovic during this year’s event finals on Sunday at Philipe Chatrier. However, the defending champion Rafa had picked his finest matches on the Parisian clay.
The 34-years-old Nadal made his French Open debut in 2005 when he won first Grand Slam title. While Nadal has played 101 matches at Roland Garros in his whole career, he lost just two matches. In addition to this, the Spanish star keeps a 98% win rate since 2015.
“Difficult To Choose Just One”: Rafael Nadal
Whereas competing with his rivals Roger Federer and Noval Djokovic is special for Rafael Nadal, facing them in Roland Garros is very special.
Recalling his memories at a recent press conference, 12-time French Open winner unveiled, “The semi-final with Djokovic in 2013 was of great value to me. It was special. 2012 final was also very important to me because it took three straight Grand Slams finals to lose against him. These two games were important, but it is difficult to choose just one.”
Before winning his 2012 Roland Garros title, Nadal was defeated by Djokovic in the three slam finals at the 2012 Australian Open and 2011 Wimbledon and US Open. And also, Rafa overcame Nole in the tight five sets(6-4, 3-6, 6-1 6(3)-7(7), 9-7) during the semifinal encounter in 2013.
Rafael Nadal also picked one of his best matches with Swiss maestro Roger Federer. He expressed, “Also in 2006 (final with Federer). I had a hard foot injury, it was an incredible victory for me. The victories that come after complicated moments are the ones that mean the most ”
Spaniard won his second French Open title after losing the first set (1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7(7)–6(4)) and became the first to defeat Federer in the Grand Slam event finals.