‘Life goes on, it’s just tennis,’ says Nadal after French Open reign ends

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal leaves court after losing his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Rafael Nadal shrugged off his epic loss to Novak Djokovic at the French Open insisting “life goes on” as the 13-time champion suffered just his third ever defeat in 108 matches in Paris over 16 years.

In their 58th career clash, world number one Djokovic triumphed 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the semifinal and stays on course to capture a 19th major and become the first man in over 50 years to win all four Slams twice.

Nadal, the defending champion and chasing a record-setting 21st Grand Slam title, refused to dwell on the consequences of his 4-hour 11-minute loss.

“I am sad to have lost in the most important tournament of the…

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