Djokovic and Nadal face each other at Roland Garros

Nadal has a chance to balance Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam titles, while Djokovic aims to win at least 2 championships in each major tournament.

On the evening of October 11 (Hanoi time), when Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal go to Philippe Chatrier Stadium, they will play one of the most important matches in their confrontations.

The two top ATP players have clashed to win major titles in tennis since their first meeting at Roland Garros 2006. However, the eighth meeting on the Paris red pitch, and The 56th match between two players was even more important. Both are chasing Grand Slam history. History awaits Djokovic and Nadal
Djokovic is aiming to be the first male tennis player in the Open Era to have at least two Grand Slam titles. A victory also earned him the 18th time in the throne in major tournaments, closing the gap in the number of Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal (19) and Roger Federer (20).
For the first time, Nadal is only one win away from Federer’s record for a Grand Slam title. The 19-time grand title winner will aim to add the 13th Roland Garros to his collection, and become the first to win 100 matches at the Paris Red Stadium.

In the first encounters between the two players, Nadal clearly dominated. The Spaniard competed on the muscle with left hand strokes and used more seasoned experience to win 14 out of 18 encounters.

However, Djokovic turned upside down to repeat this record. The Serbian tennis player has won 14 of the last 18 games against Nadal. He improved his serve, pushed Nadal behind the back line and was constantly on the defensive. The world’s number one player also uses his backhand effectively to counter Nadal’s attack, when the ball is sideways and bounces at steady heights.
The competition is worth the wait
On his way to the quarterfinals, Djokovic won 4 victories without losing a set, and only took 7 hours 33 minutes on the field. However, in the following 2 games, he needed a total of 7 hours 4 minutes to reach the 5th Roland Garros final in his career (won 1, lost 3).

Despite struggling with neck and shoulder problems during the quarter-final against Carreno Busta, Djokovic expressed confidence in recovering in time for the final against Nadal.

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Statistics of Nadal (blue) and Djokovic (red) in 6 matches at Roland Garros. Graphics: Minh Phuc.
Nadal’s path to the final has become simpler. For the 6th time, the Spanish player did not lose any set in the journey to the final. The showdown with Diego Schwartzman in the semifinals shows that Nadal’s play has adapted to harsh conditions, in order to defeat his opponent who won him at the Rome Masters.

Djokovic, one of two players to win Nadal at Roland Garros, will be inspired to beat his opponent in the quarter-finals of 2015 to his advantage. The Serbian player is in top form, winning 37 out of 38 appearances this season.

The Serbian is trying to complete the second Grand Slam collection of his career and consolidate the top spot on the ATP rankings to chase Federer’s record of 310 weeks at number one in the world.

Nadal – vengeance in Acapulco

Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal will attend the ATP 500 on the clay court in Acapulco from February 24 to February 29 as the number one seed.

A year ago, Rafael Nadal lost to Nick Kyrgios in a dramatic match with two tie-break series in the second round. This year, he will have the opportunity to recover that “debt” if the two of them reached the final.

But for the time being, Nadal is likely to face another Australian player. It was Alex de Minaur – who just lost to him in the first ATP Cup semi-final last month. “I was not surprised. He was young, energetic. De Minaur played with great passion, sometimes a little too much, the Spanish tennis player spoke of a possible opponent in the second round.

Nadal has won the Acapulco twice, in 2005, 2013, and is the number one seed this year. In the match on February 26, the Spanish player will meet compatriot Pablo Andujar – who has never won Nadal in all three times before. Last time, Nadal needed a tie-break series in the final set to overcome his senior at the Rio Open 2014. Andujar just got the best Grand Slam performance when it came to the US Open IV last year.

Located in the lower bracket, Nick Kyrgios will begin the journey to protect the championship by going to Ugo Humbert. The opponent in the semi-finals of the sixth seed may be Alexander Zverev, defeated by Kyrgios himself in the final last year.

The No. 2 German seed is aiming to win the 12th ATP title in his career. Acapulco is the third tournament in this year that Zverev has participated. After losing all three matches of the ATP Cup group stage, he reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2020, but stopped in front of Dominic Thiem – the Austrian tennis player who then came second.