French Open 2015: Djokovic ousts Nadal, a long era ends

Rolland Garros was the only major Novak Djokovic was missing from his collection of grand slam titles. Every year he came back with new answers, striving to win it, but his nemesis in the name of Rafael Nadal stood in his way, crushing his dreams and ending his run.

On Wednesday, in the much-anticipated quarter final clash between Novak and 9-time French Open Champion, Rafael Nadal, the Serb seemed to have found all the answers to the Spaniard’s questions. He took control of the entire match, not looking to lose confidence at any stage.

From the start of the match, problems could be spotted in birthday boy, Nadal’s game. He wasn’t getting his first serves in, and losing enormous points on second serves. His shots looked fragile compared to his familiar unplayable ones.

Novak stuck by his normal style – serving and returning better. However, the turning factor was Rafa not being offensive. He was poor at the net, and stuck to the safe shots instead of going for them.

In the past six meetings in Rolland Garros that Novak lost to Rafa, the latter was seen to up his game, bringing in more offensive shots as the match extended.

However, yesterday the newly turned 29-year-old looked vulnerable.

He showed glimpses of what he can do, and what has achieved him 9 French Open titles towards the end of the first set, and beginning of the second set, but those clearly didn’t suffice to dominate Djokovic.

In a report by BBC, Nadal, said: “I lost in 2009 and it was not the end. I lost in 2015 and it’s not the end."

“Again, I accept it like I always accept the defeats, and there is only one thing: I want to work harder even than before to come back stronger,” he added in the same report.

[<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">And what an amazing fighting spirit by Rafa,as always.Rafa is a champion no doubt <a href="">#EurosportTennis</a> <a href="">#RG15</a> <a href="">@RafaelNadal</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Eurosport (@Eurosport) <a href="">June 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Nadal lost in the fourth round in 2009 to Swede, Robin Soderling before coming back the following year to win five titles in a row.

Djokovic on the other hand wasn’t seen to jump around on the court after his win – a win that he has been longing for almost a decade. He knew the meaning of the moment – Nadal was dethroned, but the tournament wasn’t over, he still has to cross two more stages to lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires (the Rolland Garros trophy).

According to the BBC report, Djokovic termed the clash to be a ‘special match’.

“You prepare for the match in the best possible way to get out there and execute your plan. Obviously, it’s easier said than done. When you are on the court with him, and on the court he has lost only once in his entire career, it’s not always easy to execute the plan you prepared before the match. But I managed to do that,” he added.

With Nadal out of the tournament, it’s confirmed that 2015 will see a new French Open Champion.

Andy Murray has reached the semi finals for the third time in his career after defeating David Ferrer in straight sets, setting up yet another mighty clash with Novak Djokovic. Jo Wilfred Tsonga will fight to keep the French crowd’s hopes alive in his match against Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

While Murray and Djokovic share a similar style of playing Wawrinka has got the best single handed backhands on tour, and Tsonga looks pumped up by the support of the home crowd, respectively.

However, after Djokovic’s brilliant performance yesterday, he looks to end his long wait and finally clinch the trophy this year.

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