Casper Ruud suggests if there was just one Rafael Nadal match he could improve, it would be the Spaniard’s 5h53 Australian Open 2012 last defeat to Novak Djokovic.
Ruud, a self-confessed enthusiast of Nadal from his youth, is at this time on a tour of South The us with the 36-yr-old, as the pair embark on a collection of exhibition matches in numerous towns.
And when questioned if there was just one match of Nadal’s that he could improve, he didn’t put forward the French Open last from this calendar year – which he missing to Nadal in straight sets – but fairly Nadal’s slogfest with Djokovic from around a 10 years ago, which the Serbian took 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5), 7–5.
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Nadal and Djokovic have played each individual other a outstanding 59 moments in a single of the game’s terrific rivalries, and that encounter in Melbourne – the longest in Grand Slam remaining history and just one which noticed the pair pressured to sit down on chairs for the trophy presentation – is continue to one of their most talked-about.
Ruud, who was 13 at the time and watching on Tv, explained: “I feel I can say for Rafa, I desire I could modify just one consequence in the historical past of tennis and I do not know if he’ll be angry or pleased for me saying this.
“It’s not the Roland Garros final this 12 months mainly because it was not a extremely close match but Rafa’s Australian Open reduction in 2012 against Novak.
Djokovic Nadal exhausted 2012
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“I was in all probability even sadder than himself for the reason that that was looking at six hrs of Tv set and hoping Rafa would win and then it was in all probability one particular of the ideal matches at any time.
“I think for times, I was however unfortunate about the reduction for him and I nonetheless would like currently that he could have gained.
Rafael Nadal (L) and Casper Ruud
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“This may well convey back again poor memories for him, but this is one thing I want I could alter and however consider.”
In reaction, Nadal joked: “You have to phone Novak, to see if he wants to return the trophy.”
Nadal and Ruud played every other in the modern ATP Finals in Turin, a match gained by Nadal to retain a spotless head-to-head record towards the Norwegian.
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Source: Euro Athletics