The platform offers a documentary highlighting the most beautiful duels of the two champions on Parisian clay.
Rafael Nadal And Novak Djokovic have faced each other ten times Roland Garros. Ten duels, most of which have left their mark on the history of world tennis with their intensity and suspense. Prime Video traces the highlights that marked their Porte d’Auteuil rivalry in the documentary Nadal/Djokovic: duel at Roland-Garrosavailable from this Friday, May 26 on the platform.
A rivalry dating back to 2006
The film begins with the very first meeting of their careers in 2006. While the two players now jointly hold the record for singles grand slam titles with 22 trophies each, at the time Nadal had a head start. on his rival since he was title holder Porte d’Auteuil. The Serb him, arrived for the first time in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. Thanks to archive images, we discover the players just before they enter the field: Rafael Nadal, already very concentrated, and Novak Djokovic, more dissipated. To ward off the pressure, the Serb had thus noted on the back of his shoes the sentence “Vamos Nole” (Allez Nole, his nickname) thereby teasing his opponent whose inscription ” Vamos Rafa “ was then written on his sneakers. This first meeting, lost by default by Djokovic, will pave the way for many others, some of the most spectacular of which will take place on Parisian clay. “This grand slam is by far the finest arena when it comes to their rivalry”says Serbian player Janko Tipsarevic.
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A dive into the intimacy of the players
Carried by magnificent shots, the documentary retraces these emblematic duels like a film, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere and the suspense of the moment. At the same time, it sheds light on childhood, the journey made up of ups and downs and the personality of these two great champions thanks to archive images, personal films and above all the testimonies of many speakers such as Jo Wilfried Tsonga (became a consultant this year on Prime Video), Guy Forget, Richard Gasquet, Gustavo KuertenDavid Ferrer or even Stan Wawrinka.
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The last confrontation between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dates back to last year. The two men had met in the quarter-finals and the Spanish player won in four sets after a superb match. A meeting offered on Prime Video, co-broadcaster of the tournament with France televisions. This year again, the platform will broadcast all the evening sessions and matches from the Simonne-Mathieu court.
A few days ago, Rafael Nadal forfeited the 2023 edition of Roland-Garros. The two players will therefore not face each other for the eleventh time at Porte d’Auteuil. But who knows? Maybe next year…