Rafael Nadal says Goran Ivanisevic was ‘arrogant,’ in his comments before the French Open final, but it didn’t affect the result.
Ivanisevic, who coaches Novak Djokovic, said before the the semi-finals that if Nadal met the Serbian in the final then he would stand ‘no chance’ of beating him.
As it happened, they did meet in the final and Nadal was easily the better player, losing just seven games in three sets before winning a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.
It was speculated that Nadal was motivated by the former Wimbledon champion’s comments. That part however, it not true.
“It was a bit arrogant from him. But in fact the conditions were better for Novak,” Nadal told La Resistencia.
“I swear that I hadn’t heard what Ivanisevic said before the final. Someone told me after.”
Nadal also commented on the now infamous Novak Djokovic defaulting at the US Open revealing that, surprisingly, he wasn’t watching it.
“I was watching golf at home when Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open. People started sending me messages.
“When I saw the moment, I thought he was out. The rule is clear. It was very unlucky.”
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