Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal They will not bid today for the title of teacher. The world numbers one and two will not star in the 57th duel of their career and the 28th final, in the most repeated classic in the history of tennis. We will have to stay in the retina with the last Roland Garros and wait for the next course to see them face to face again. Djokovic succumbed in a marathon of almost three hours against Dominic Thiem, recent scourge of the Big Three, before which it has a favorable balance in the last two years. The only player, alongside Andy Murray, who has beaten Nole, Nadal and Federer at least five times. The Spanish could not knock down Daniil Medvedev and he will not fight for the Masters, the great crown that is missing from his record, despite the fact that this year he arrived in better condition.
Djokovic and Nadal will not be in the final, but during these days they have played another parallel match, in a constant crossing of statements that reveals the very different vision that both have of the future of their sport. Nole has led the creation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), a union to defend “conflicts of interest” that are generated in the ATP, a body where tennis players and tournaments coexist. The Serb says one goal is to fight for the lower ranked players. Opposite is Nadal, in the same line of Roger Federer, that advocates a more traditional and official position. Rafa considers a new association unnecessary, because in his opinion they are well represented and protected in the ATP. At the same time, this week there has been a lot of debate about future innovations, such as the possibility that the Grand Slams are reduced to three sets or that technology replaces the linesmen. Here they also disagree. Nadal likes it the way it is. Djokovic prefers to change it. The tennis classic is also played off the courts.