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EXCLUSIVE | ‘He’s one of the greatest athletes…’: Enrico Piperno on Nadal after his win over Djokovic


Rafael Nadal and world number 1 Novak Djokovic faced off in the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros 2022 on Wednesday June 1. The contest between the two legendary players has always been a cherished moment for ardent tennis fans. It was the same this time around as Nadal beat defending champion Djokovic in a riveting four-set battle, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4).

Nadal is now just a few steps away from winning his 14th French Open title after an incredible display against Djokovic. While many branded the Serbian a favorite ahead of the clash, due to Nadal’s foot injury and inconsistent form, the Spaniard saved his best against the No.1-rated player to prevail in an engaging battle .

After the clash, Indian tennis coach Enrico Piperno analyzed the high tension clash between Nadal-Djokovic and praised the former world number one.

Of Nadal’s foot injury, Piperno said in an exclusive interaction with WION sportswriter Digvijay Singh Deo, “This man is superhuman. I don’t know how he does it. Keep playing at this kind of level at that age is pretty phenomenal. That explains Rafael Nadal to you. The way he plays, the kind of effort that goes into it, hitting the ground from so far from the baseline is just phenomenal. one of the greatest athletes the planet has ever seen.

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With age not on his side and several fitness issues, the talk going around is that RAFA is planning to retire. In this regard, Piperno said, “What I’ve heard is that it’s his last year. That’s the kind of feeling that everyone gets. If he had a good year, he could say ‘why not, let’s continue one more time’. I think his intention is to quit, but that will be decided after the US Open.”

Nadal will then face Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals on Friday evening (June 3) to reserve a place in the final. The veteran will surely be aiming for his 14th French Open title and will take his Grand Slam total to 21. He had already won the first Grand Slam of the year, namely the Australian Open, in spectacular fashion against Daniil Medvedev.

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