Djokovic wants last dance with Nadal at Roland Garros


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Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the Monte Carlo Masters has cast doubt over the 22-time Grand Slam champion’s participation at the French Open, but Novak Djokovic said he is still hoping for a final chapter in their storied rivalry.
The 37-year old Spaniard, who has said he expected to retire after the 2024 season, returned to competition in Brisbane in January, after almost a year sidelined with a hip flexor injury, but has not played an Association of Tennis Professionals event since.
“As a tennis fan I want him to play at least one more tournament before he retires…,” world No 1 Djokovic told Eurosport in an interview published Saturday.
“We all know what he’s done on clay in his career, particularly Roland Garros.
“That’s his goal, we all know that, he’s been saying it. For the sake of all tennis and Roland Garros in particular, we hope that he can play there. It would be great to have another great encounter.”
Djokovic will begin his quest for a third title in Monte Carlo Tuesday without coach Goran Ivanisevic in his box, after ending his highly successful partnership with the Croatian last month.