In response to the comments of Novak Djokovic, wishing that the Grand Slam matches take place in two winning sets, Alexandre Zverev and Rafael Nadal recalled their attachment to traditions.
Their answer is unequivocal. Invited to react to the recent words of the Serbian Novak Djokovic (33), world number one, intervened only a few hours ago, more than favorable to matches in straight sets winning in Grand Slam, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and the German Alexander Zverev rejected him.
Indeed, present on the side of the Tennis Masters, the two men recalled their attachment to the traditions of the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, and in the format currently in force, which can take them to endless meetings in five sets. After his inaugural defeat against the Russian Daniil Medvedev at the London Masters, Alexandre Zverev had notably declared, in a post-match press conference: “You don’t change the history of tennis like that. We did it for the Davis Cup, we saw the result. Tennis is a physical sport. That’s why we train, why we go to the gym. The Grand Slams must stay in five sets forever. “
Nadal: “The winning three-set format makes these tournaments special”
For his part, Rafael Nadal was therefore on the same wavelength and thus also reacted strongly to Djokovic’s proposal: “I am totally against it. The winning three-set format makes these tournaments special. This is the history of our sport. To win a Grand Slam tournament, you have to be stronger mentally and physically. This is what is said. As a reminder, Novak Djokovic explained the reason for this desire and to spend the Grand Slam matches in two winning sets: “I think that the attention span of the fans, especially the new generation, is shorter. It’s up to us to improve the product that is tennis, from a commercial and marketing point of view. We have to change something. “