September 29, 2022
Rafael Nadal: 'Novak Djokovic, Felix Auger-Aliassime pushed me for four hours, but..'

Rafael Nadal endured all the obstacles in Paris and claimed the 14th Roland Garros title. Rafa had no physical issues during the fortnight, and he kept his troubled foot under control with constant injections and painkillers.

Nadal faced Felix Auger-Aliassime and Novak Djokovic in the fourth round and the quarter-final, and he had to survive nine sets and eight and a half hours on the court. The Spaniard passed both obstacles to remain on the title course and gain a boost ahead of the semi-final.

Rafa took down Felix 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in four and 21 minutes, surviving one of his rare clay-court five-setters to avoid an early exit. Nadal could have sealed the deal earlier and preserved more energy, but he seized only six out of 22 break points.

The Canadian earned five breaks to remain competitive and became the fourth player who kept Nadal on the court at Roland Garros for over four hours. Felix joined Robin Soderling, John Isner and Novak Djokovic on the list of players who took two sets away from Rafa in the Roland Garros clash.

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