The show was tremendous on the track and the stands did not want to miss it. “We will not leave, we will not leave!”, the 5,000 authorized fans chanted, as the 23:00 curfew approached.
As the players retired to the changing rooms, when the float was about to turn into a pumpkin, the public address system announced against all odds that, according to the French authorities, they could remain. It seemed difficult to evacuate. Applause and cheers in the stands, joy to continue watching the fantastic duel of the titans. “Merci Macron!” and let the show continue.
Sounds La Marsellesa and the battle continues. Give and take. He started hitting the Spaniard, who snatched the service of the number 1, but his reaction was quick, he recovered it to the fourth and there his best version appeared, the one he needed to defeat the 13-time champion.
Nadal asked for assistance to remove a bandage from his left foot and Djokovic smelled the blood, advanced pawns and cornered the Spaniard, who saw how waterways were again opening on his waterline.
The night was already closed and the public felt that they were witnessing a historical moment. His breath was not enough. The ovation when he retired was emotional. Tomorrow, when it dawns again in Paris, the only Nadal that can be seen at Roland Garros will be the steel one that, forever, adorns the tournament in tribute to the king.
Do not dramatize
Spaniard Rafa Nadal, defeated in the Roland Garros semifinals by Serbian Novak Djokovic, claimed to be “sad”, but avoided “dramatizing”.
“I feel good, I am not a person to celebrate when you win, or great drama when you lose. I am prepared to accept victory and defeat; although it is a very important tournament for me, I am aware that it cannot be won. 15 or 16 times. I will return with the illusion and the necessary work “, he claimed.