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[LIVESTREAM@ONLINE]# French Open 2022 Live Free Online TV 30 May 2022


FRENCH OPEN 2022: ‘MAYBE MY LAST MATCH HERE IN ROLAND GARROS IN MY TENNIS CAREER’ – RAFAEL NADAL


Hear from Rafael Nadal as he speculates whether or not the game against Novak Djokovic could be the last of his career at Roland Garros. Stream the 2022 French Open live and on-demand on discovery


It’s Djokovic vs. Nadal, the French Open Rematch We’ve Been Waiting For


Djokovic, the world No. 1, and Nadal, the 13-time French Open champion, will continue their epic rivalry on Tuesday in the quarterfinal at Roland Garros.



Far sooner than many may have hoped, Novak Djokovic, the reigning French Open champion, will take on Rafael Nadal, a 13-time champion at Roland Garros, in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, the first rematch of two of the leading men’s players since their epic semifinal last June.


It took some of Nadal’s greatest tennis to survive a five-set, four-hour, 21-minute thriller Sunday evening against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, but the match that so many crave is on the horizon.


“A huge challenge and probably the biggest one that you can have here in Roland Garros,” Djokovic said, anticipating Nadal, after his fourth straight-sets win, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, a pummeling of Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. “I’m ready for it.”



Perhaps more than Nadal, who survived one of the great scares of his storied French Open career against Auger-Aliassime, the athletic and tireless Canadian with a booming serve and big forehand.


“We have a lot of history together,” Nadal said of Djokovic.


They have played each other 58 times, with Djokovic holding a 30-28 edge. It is a classic clash of styles, Nadal blasting away and running wild on the clay, his favorite surface, and Djokovic bringing his exquisite timing, incomparable steel, and the most varied arsenal in the game.



PARIS — The most prominent feature of the French Open is that this Grand Slam tournament takes place on the rusty red clay of Roland Garros, a beloved feature that is as much a part of local culture and tradition as the bouquinistes that sell art and used books along the Seine.


And yet, as it so often is in the country that claims Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir, the relationship between France and its “terre bateau” is a little more complicated.


This red clay that comes from a small brick factory in Oise, north of Paris, elicits so much love.


“My favorite surface,” said Stéphane Levy, a lifelong member of the Tennis Club of Paris, a favorite haunt of some of the country’s top players, including Gilles Simon and Corentin Moutet, where eight of the 18 courts are made from the same clay as those at Roland Garros.


“There is no feeling like playing on it,” Levy said. “The sliding, the clay on your body when you sweat.”


But the clay has also become a symbol of deep frustration. A Frenchwoman has not won the singles championship this country so treasures, the one that requires more grit but also more thought than any other, since Mary Pierce in 2000. A Frenchman has not won it in 39 years, since Yannick Noah in 1983. The last of the French men and women were eliminated from the singles tournaments on Saturday.



French Open news: Rafael Nadal admits Felix Auger-Aliassime was difficult to beat


Rafael Nadal set up a mouthwatering French Open quarter-final clash against Novak Djokovic after beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets on Sunday. The Spaniard had had a relatively easy time of things before his match on Sunday and Auger-Aliassime proved to be his first real test of the 2022 French Open. After losing the first set, he had to dig deep to avoid a shock loss and eventually managed to take the tie 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a very break heavy encounter. "It has been an important victory for me, without a doubt," Nadal said. "I did not start the match well. It was a tough first set for me. "After coming back, I finished the third playing well and then the fourth was tough. "It was difficult, he has a huge serve. He puts you under pressure and I was not able to push him back. "I had to do something different at the end of the match. I am happy about the attitude at the end as I played more aggressive and went more to the net and that made a difference."



While Nadal no doubt felt shattered after the match, the experience will stand in him good stead for his quarter-final against Djokovic. "We know each other well and have a lot of history," he said. "We are in Roland-Garros, it is my favourite place and I will be focused. "I will try my best as always, I do not know what will happen, but I can guarantee and I will fight until the end."



Even more, it is a clash of two men whose personalities and trajectories, especially over the past year, have pushed them into different realms of the sport and public consciousness. One is a beloved citizen of the world, the other a polarizing, outspoken iconoclast so set in his beliefs that he was prepared to spend his last prime years on the sidelines rather than receive a vaccination against Covid-19.



There were scattered boos as Djokovic was introduced on the Suzanne Lenglen Court on Sunday. Fans at the main court, Philippe Chatrier, chanted “Rafa, Rafa,” through the evening, urging on the Spanish champion who is immortalized with a nine-foot statue outside the stadium.


Since Djokovic pulled off the nearly impossible by beating Nadal at last year’s French Open, Nadal has been jousting indirectly with his chief rival.



The answer likely has a lot to do with a central contradiction in the home of red clay’s biggest stage. Just 11.5 percent of the tennis courts in France are made of the traditional red clay and most of those are in private clubs. Another 16.5 percent of courts are made of an imitation clay surface that is similar to the terre bateau but plays harder and faster than the softer, traditional clay.



Maintaining red clay in cold, wet weather, which is common in France for much of the year, is practically impossible, and building indoor complexes for them is expensive. So most French tennis players grow up playing on hardcourts, unlike their counterparts in Spain, where temperate weather and red clay dominate the way Rafael Nadal (who won Sunday in five sets) and so many Spaniards before him have dominated Roland Garros.



That tennis at the highest level is contested on different surfaces is as normal to tennis fans as fuzzy yellow balls and grunting forehands, but it is one of the great quirks of the sport. Imagine for a moment if the N.B.A. played 70 percent of its games on hardwood, 20 percent on rubber and 10 percent on rag wool carpeting. That is essentially what professional tennis players do, spending the first three months on hardcourts, the next two on clay, roughly six weeks on grass, and then most of the rest of the year back on hardcourts.


[LIVESTREAM@ONLINE]# French Open 2022 Live Free Online TV 30 May 2022

[LIVESTREAM@ONLINE]# French Open 2022 Live Free Online TV 30 May 2022

[LIVESTREAM@ONLINE]# French Open 2022 Live Free Online TV 30 May 2022

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