Novak Djokovic has warned Rafael Nadal that he is confident and believes he can beat him again at Roland Garros.
Djokovic is one of only two players to ever beat Nadal at the French Open, although the Spaniard has won the other seven meetings between the two on the red dirt of Paris.
However, after beating Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 on Wednesday to set up a semi-final clash with Nadal, Djokovic said he did not fear the King of Clay.
“I’m confident,” Novak Djokovic said. “I believe I can win, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. Let’s have a great battle.
“The quality and the level of tennis that I’ve been playing in the past three, four weeks on clay — [in] Rome, Belgrade and here — is giving me good sensations and feelings ahead of that match.”
After beating Matteo Berrettini, Djokovic showed just how much it meant to him with an almighty roar, and he explained it was a simple release after such a tough battle.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2021
“This match had it all: falls, a crowd, a break. It was a lot of intensity,” Djokovic said.
“I just felt under tension the entire time. I felt like I missed some of the chances to end the match in the third set.
“I didn’t want to give him too many opportunities to dictate the match.
“That’s why it was just super, super stressful to constantly be under pressure on my service games because his service games were quite smooth with [his] big serve.
“The reaction in the end was just me liberating that tension that was building up for the entire match.”
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