Djokovic on Nadal’s 2025 French Open Return-Fuel Excitement in Tennis World

Djokovic on Nadal’s 2025 French Open Return

Novak Djokovic has expressed the possibility that Rafael Nadal could be enticed to compete in the 2025 French Open, despite what appeared to be a significant moment marking Nadal’s retirement from the sport. Throughout their illustrious careers, Djokovic and Nadal have shared a storied rivalry, facing off on the tennis court a total of 59 times. Among these encounters, 10 memorable matches took place at Roland Garros, the esteemed venue of the French Open.

Djokovic on Nadal's 2025 French Open Return
Rafael Nadal in action against Alexander Zverev in the 2024 French Open (AFP)


Djokovic on Nadal’s 2025 French Open Return- Fuel Excitement in Tennis World

Djokovic’s speculation about Nadal’s potential return to the French Open adds an intriguing layer to their rivalry and to the tennis world at large. It hints at the enduring competitiveness and passion for the sport that both players possess, even as they navigate the later stages of their careers. If Nadal were to indeed make a comeback for the 2025 French Open, it would undoubtedly generate significant excitement and anticipation among tennis fans worldwide, adding further intrigue to the tournament.

Djokovic Reflects on Nadal’s Future at French Open Amidst Zverev’s Surprising Victory

On Monday, Djokovic was part of a distinguished audience on Court Philippe Chatrier, where he witnessed 14-time champion Nadal’s unexpected first-round defeat by Alexander Zverev.

“It was great. Iga (Swiatek) was there, (Carlos) Alcaraz was there, and we all wanted to get a glimpse of the atmosphere of that possibly unique moment that could be his last. But it doesn’t appear like that,” said Djokovic after making the second round on Tuesday.

When asked if he expected to see Nadal play the 2025 French Open when he will celebrate his 39th birthday, the Serb replied: “Yeah, it looks like.”

“I think he played very well. Even though he lost in straight sets, the second and third were really close.

“He could have easily won one of those two sets, and maybe the match was going in a different direction.”

After the match Nadal said he was unable to make any commitment on his future plans.

Zverev joined Djokovic and Robin Soderling as the only men to defeat Nadal at Roland Garros since 2005.

“He was a bit unlucky with the draw, because Zverev is in a great form, winning Rome, and he was serving extremely well,” added Djokovic.

“It’s tough to play Sascha when he’s feeling the ball so well. But it was great to watch. I don’t recall last time I actually watched a set of any match live on that level, other than Davis Cup matches.”

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