Novak Djokovic hails Rafael Nadal after five-set semi-final epic
Last Updated: 08/06/13 1:39pm
Novak Djokovic: Still searching for his first Roland Garros title
Novak Djokovic was a magnanimous loser after he suffered a heart breaking defeat in the semi-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros.
The world No 1 from Serbia was beaten 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 (3-7) 9-7 by seven-time champion Rafa Nadal who was a break down in the deciding set before crossing the line after four hours and 37 minutes.
Djokovic, who lost in last year's final to the Spaniard, said: "It's been an unbelievable match to be part of but all I can feel now is disappointment.
"I congratulate my opponent, because he showed the courage in the right moments and went for his shots, and when he was a break down in the fifth he made some incredible shots from the baseline."
"I congratulate my opponent, because he showed the courage in the right moments and went for his shots, and when he was a break down in the fifth he made some incredible shots from the baseline.
"That's why he's a champion. That's why he's been ruling Roland Garros for many years, and for me it's another year.
"I gave my best. I really did. I really tried to come back. The third set wasn't great at all. I just dropped physically.
"I managed to come back and start playing really, really well as the match was going on, but it wasn't good enough."