Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Always Have Paris

Two men’s tennis icons duel in another French Open classic. This time, it’s Nadal moving on.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Novak Djokovic at the French Open. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

No one may ever appreciate how hard it’s been to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open quite like Novak Djokovic does. 

Even after defeating him twice—that’s two of the three times Nadal has been knocked off at the French, against a staggering 110 victories—Djokovic knows that every game, every point, every moment versus his brilliant clay court rival is contested, brutal and never really over. 

Continue reading your article with
a WSJ membership

View Membership Options