MELBOURNE: In his 21-year career, punctuated by 21 Grand Slam titles, including 13 at Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal has become the “king of clay” for his opponents, who also see him as “one of the most great fighters in the history of tennis”. Anthology.
“I will play again against one of the greatest players and again against a player who will try to clinch his 21st Grand Slam title”.
Daniil Medvedev after his Australian Open 2022 semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal.
“You showed why you are the king of clay, I felt it deep inside me”
Novak Djokovic after his defeat in the final of Roland-Garros 2020 against the Spaniard, winner that day for the 13th time on Parisian clay.
“I will remember it all my life. My first Grand Slam final, against one of the greatest players in history, one of the greatest fighters in the history of tennis, I will never forget that , even if I play many others.”
Daniil Medvedev after his US Open 2019 final loss to Nadal
“Playing on the Rod Laver Arena court in the semi-finals against him is a childhood dream”
Matteo Berrettini ahead of his Australian Open 2022 semi-final against the Spaniard. “It is certainly the best match I have participated in at Roland-Garros, and in the Top 3 of all the matches of my career (…) To face Nadal on clay, on this court where he has known so many success is the greatest challenge that can exist.”
Novak Djokovic after his victory over Nadal in the semi-finals of Roland-Garros 2021.
“Rafa and Roger (Federer) are legends. They are the two greatest players I have faced and it is thanks to them that I am here.”
Novak Djokovic after winning the Wimbledon 2021 final.
“He’s the greatest fighter this sport has ever seen. It’s crazy what he does, I admire him for his behavior on the court, his attitude is… close to perfection“
Matteo Berrettini after his US Open 2019 semi-final loss to the Spaniard.
“He is definitely one of the best players of all time, today I saw why”