Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco
Every tennis fan, commentator and casual observer of the game will be watching this semifinal match. Everyone, closely and loosely connected to the sport, is curious and will want to see how Nadal performs against Djokovic. No one has been able to challenge Djokovic in a long time, Roger Federer has sporadically pushed him and even beaten him, but not consistently dominated him.
Nadal, when he was at his prime was able to do that in consecutive matches; yet, Nadal has publicized that he is not feeling confident and not anywhere close to competing at the level he once did. Therefore, what does this mean for tomorrow’s match? Nadal is tired, emotionally and physically, and tomorrow will test his reserves. Can he control his anxiety enough to allow him to focus on playing the quality tennis he is capable of? Does he realistically have a chance of defeating Djokovic? Their head-to-head stands at 23:19 in favor of Nadal, will he make it 24:19? Or do we just hope that he can hang in there long enough and make Djokovic work for the victory? Questions and more questions, and tomorrow Nadal will answer them.