Rafael Nadal, who this Sunday won a historic 13th Roland Garros by beating Novak Djokovic in three sets; 6-0, 6-2 and 7-5, he believes he did “too many things well” and ranked the match as one of the best among his finals in Paris.
– ‘The credit was mine’ –
“We are not going to fool ourselves, the first set lasted many minutes, Novak had game and break points. The match was matched as required by the stage and the rival. Today I have done too many things well and I have pushed him to make mistakes. I have done everything that I could do, perfectly, except in the third set, but it is logical that the level cannot be maintained. I think that if you have to give merit to someone, I think it is mine and not their demerit. For two sets and a half was one of the best matches here at Roland Garros, “Nadal analyzed at a press conference.
– Los 20 Grand Slams –
Minutes after the victory, Federer congratulated Nadal for equaling his legendary record of 20 Grand Slam titles by winning his 13th Roland Garros, “one of the greatest achievements in sport.”
“I have not been able to see anything, but thanks to Roger (Federer) for his words, we have a very good relationship, a lot of respect, in a way he is happy when I win and on the contrary. For me the relationship we have because we have maintained means a lot. a great rivalry for a long time. ”
“I would love to finish my career as the player with the most Grand Slams, what I don’t want is to think about it all the time. I can’t be aware of when Roger or Novak score a Grand Slam. You can’t be unhappy because someone has a better house or a phone, you have to live your life and try to do your best. ”
– Doubts and emotions –
“Doubts are part of life, they are good, the year had been hard for everyone. My preparation for this tournament was not the best, but I trained a lot on clay because I did not play in America (US Open)”.
“I had doubts, but my confidence level grew during the tournament. It is an important day for me, but I am not stupid, I am happy but on the other hand not as much as other years, the situation is very hard for many people in the world “he declared in reference to the covid-19 pandemic.
“It is one of the Roland Garros with the most personal value. If a month and a half ago you told me that I would be here again with the trophy … most people see me and say, well okay, he has won again. But my day-to-day life is much more complicated, I know where I come from, after the break it has been very difficult months. Nobody knows, but it has been hard on a physical level, it took me a lot to get back to training at an adequate level. ”
– ‘A slightly worn body’ –
“I am satisfied because as I said the first day they were the most complicated conditions of all the Roland Garros that I have contested. Because of my style of play, but also because of my body, which responds worse to cold than to heat. A body a bit worn out like mine sometimes has problems. ”
“The circumstances and conditions were not what I would choose and I was able to adapt. I was positive in any circumstance. My attitude has been almost perfect these two weeks, from the first training until today, without a complaint, being positive.”
– And now? –
“I do not know what I will do, I have not decided if I will follow the normal calendar or wait for the next season. I need to have that conversation with my team and family, when everything calms down. We are facing a difficult situation, we must quarantine in Australia (first big, in January), it’s time to be smart and make the right decisions. ”