Novak Djokovic confirms Nadal’s withdrawal from Indian Wells indicators the top of an period

On February 22, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met on the flight from Madrid to Indian Wells. The 2 gamers had been on their approach put together for the primary Masters 1000 of the 12 months that was because of happen in early March.

Djokovic will debut this Saturday in opposition to Aleksander Vukic, nevertheless Nadal was ignored of the event after harm pressured him to withdraw only a few hours earlier than his opening match in opposition to Milos Raonic.

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The Serbian was requested concerning the disappointment of Nadal withdrawing from the event, though in response he was slightly extra circumspect than most anticipated.

“It is unlucky for the event that Rafa needed to sit out,” Djokovic declared.

“He has performed his greatest to be match. Federer has retired and each Nadal and I will not be enjoying far more. It’s the finish of an period.

“We should bear in mind the nice moments, matches and all of the data achieved.

The present world primary was talking with a level of authority on the earlier period of tennis, given the truth that on Monday March 18 he’ll double the variety of weeks Nadal spent on the high of the ATP rating: 418 to 209.

Nadal and Djokovic might be remembered as one of many biggest rivalries

To search out the final time that the 2 most adorned gamers in historical past, by way of titles, competed in the identical event, it’s a must to return to the 2023 version of the Australian Open.

With 24 and 22 majors, respectively, ‘Nole’ and Rafa have starred in one of many biggest rivalries in tennis historical past with 59 event wins between them.

Djokovic pulled simply forward of Nadal lately, transferring to 30 titles in comparison with Nadal’s 29, in the meantime their final encounter in opposition to one another in event play was way back to the 2022 Roland Garros quarter-final.

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