Novak Djokovic on epic Rafael Nadal tussle: ‘It’s a match I’ll remember forever’

Novak Djokovic said his win over Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros was one of his best ever in his career.

Djokovic recovered from a slow start to beat Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in the French Open semi-finals on Friday on a thrilling night of tennis in Paris.

There was little denying that Djokovic was worthy of his victory, though, and he said it was a win that means a huge amount to him.

“It’s the best match I played in Roland-Garros and in the top three ever,” Djokovic told the press.

“Considering the level, the opponent and the atmosphere. Just amazing support for both of the players. I’m happy they allowed the crowd. One of the matches I’ll remember forever.

“I didn’t have a great start but I played well and I think it was the time to adjust to his ball. His ball is so different you know.

“But I was OK, I was clear on how to do to perform. I managed to get myself back in the 1st set. I found my game.”

“I was not too nervous at 0-5, very different that last year. I just found my groove. After 3-6 in the first, I was in the match.

Djokovic also reserved a word for Nadal, who produced some incredible tennis of his own on the night.

“It’s hard to find words for Rafa’s achievement in Roland-Garros. The amount of wins on this court is incredible.

“You know you have to climb Mount Everest when you meet him there.”

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