“Life Goes On, It’s Just Tennis” says Rafael Nadal after loss ends French Open reign


Rafael Nadal, the French Open defending Champion and chasing a record-setting 21st Grand Slam title, refused to dwell on the consequences of his 4-hour, 11 minutes loss.

Nadal shrugged off his epic loss to Novak Djokovic at the French Open insisiting life goes on as the 13th time champion suffered his third ever defeat in well over 100 matches in Paris in 16 years.

In their 58th career clash, world number one, Novak Djokovic triumphed 3-6 6-3 7-6(7/4) 6-2 in the semi final stays on course a 19th major and to become the first man in over 50 years to win all four Grand Slams twice.

“I’m sad to lost to have lost in the most important tournament of the year for me, but Life goes on, it’s nothing more than a loss on Tennis court, said the 35-year-old Nadal. 

“If everything goes well, tomorrow I will be at home with my family and Friends, and then we will see what is next. 

“The Spaniard said he has plans to be back in 2022 although admitting that time is against him if he want to re-establish his Paris dominance. 

Now, world number one Novak is responsible for two of his Spaniard loss in Paris, having lost in 2015 Quarter finals, said “He did not hurt him”. 

The 92-minutes third set was a classic and Novak has serve for 5-4 and have to save set point for his 12th game. 

Novak came back after 0-2 down, racing away to win six games for his second win over Nadal in their nine meetings in Paris. Same sequence included defeats in 2012, 2014 and 2020 finals. 

Novak will now face Stefanos Tsitsipas in his sixth Roland Garros final and 29th at the Slams on Sunday.