Djokovic on Nadal’s withdrawal from French Open: ‘It’s sad to not have him in the tournament’

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Countless fans were saddened over Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the French Open 2016 last Saturday as his wrist injury worsened, and one of them is his biggest rival, top seed Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic continues with his Roland Garros journey as he advanced to the last 16 at the French Open 2016 when he beat Aljaz Bedene last Saturday with 6-2 6-3 6-3 victory. Nadal’s withdrawal will increase his prospects of winning the French Open.

When asked about how it feels that Federer, Tsonga and now Nadal are out of the tournament, Djokovic expressed his empathy with the players, saying it’s not very common that these top players are not around the tournament and it is not something good for the tennis players and the spectators, but claims that it is how sports work, and the intensity and number of games the players play can sometimes lead to what unfortunately happened to Nadal that made him withdraw.

Djokovic also said that even though he does not know the nature of Nadal’s injury, seeing him at the press conference in pain after playing well in the first two rounds and not having him in the tournament is sad, and it must be something serious if Nadal is retiring from the tournament because he is “one of the greatest competitors that the game has ever known.”

However, Djokovic said that everything keeps going and he is still in the tournament, and he hopes everything goes well for him.

The Serbian is also planning to compete on the upcoming Rio Olympic 2016 in Brazil.

Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Novak Djokovic

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