Rafael Nadal eyes French Open appearance after Rome exit; Novak Djokovic shows up to practice wearing a helmet | Tennis News – Times of India

Rafael Nadal eyes French Open appearance after Rome exit; Novak Djokovic shows up to practice wearing a helmet | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rafael Nadal expressed uncertainty about his participation in the French Open following his second-round loss to Hubert Hurkacz in Rome.
Despite the setback, Nadal stated, “If I have to say what’s my feeling and if my mind is closer one way or the other way, I am going to say to be in Roland Garros and try my best.”
Hurkacz’s dominant performance against Nadal on clay was a testament to his skill, with the Polish player winning without dropping a service game.Hurkacz praised Nadal, saying, “No-one will ever have a record like him on this surface. He’s just bigger than the sport at the end of the day.”
In other matches, defending champion Daniil Medvedev advanced to the third round, while Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev had to fight back from a set down to secure their victories.
World number one Novak Djokovic, who was accidentally hit by a water bottle while signing autographs, showed up to practice wearing a cycling crash helmet.

In the women’s tournament, Iga Swiatek, Naomi Osaka, and Coco Gauff all progressed to the last 16. Osaka, who is making a comeback after taking a break to have her first child, expressed gratitude for her health and the hard work that brought her back to the tour.
“I’m very grateful to be healthy because I know how much hard work it took for me to be here,” said the 26-year-old tennis star.
Swiatek, the world number one, is aiming for her third Rome title and fourth French Open crown, while Gauff will face Paula Badosa in the next round after a hard-fought victory over Jaqueline Cristian.
(Inputs from AFP)

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