Roland-Garros 2022 – Moutet had the right to live his dream against Nadal: “I would have liked to play all night against him”

He left the Central to applause. More encouragement weighs more than others. When Corentin Moutet rushed to the locker room, he was accompanied by sincere applause from Rafael Nadal. The story of this second round without history for the Spaniard probably lies in this moment: Moutet lived his fairy tale, less victory but tenfold emotions.

In a mixed area after the match, you need to be disappointed with the final result, not necessarily as to the identity of his executioner. “It was intense, I had moments where I managed to play almost the same level but it’s really throughout the game, which is hard to holdadmitted Moutet, who was ruled out in three sets by Nadal (6-1, 6-3, 6-4). The intensity, always staying aggressive, his ball is super fast, it goes up a lot. So it was super physical as a match even though it wasn’t that long“.

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“For fun, I don’t think it’s any easier”

He quickly realized that if his idle had such a large track record, it was probably because he had uncontrollable weapons for most mortals. So he tried. But most of all, he did it. “Frankly, I enjoy every game, especially at Roland Garros, there is always a lot of people, I’m lucky to play on big courtshe explained. There, in the night session… For fun, I don’t think it’s any easier. I had a lot of fun even though the competing side is there too, there is disappointment. “

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But, he says, he lived this guy. “thoroughly“and go”without regret“Probably because the bottom line was somewhere else. In the space of an evening, gamer Moutet became little Corentin again, the one who put on his idol’s tank top, imagining himself playing on the biggest And that’s priceless. “It was a goal before he stopped his career, before I stopped mine toohe advanced. There, at Roland, there were all the conditions I dreamed of when I started playing tennis. Besides, I didn’t even dream, I didn’t think it would be possible one day to play against him at Roland Garros. When you start and play in your room on the wall, you can’t imagine that one day it will be on TV. If I take a step back, frankly, it’s amazing to be where I am today, to experience that. “

And the foot in all this? “It’s always Christmas!”

The time will probably come to soften the bitterness of defeat. Because these memories are rare and therefore precious. “It is a moment that will be unique, that belongs to me and that I will keep in my head foreverhe added. I wish I could play against him all night. ”Not sure if the reciprocal is true as the Spaniard seemed in a hurry not to hang out on the court too much.

In fact, Corentin Moutet did not notice anything special about Rafa: the whole set of champions seems to be on the way. Asked about the physique of his idle, one night’s rival, he quickly cut short: “Don’t worry about him. He has 21 GC, he’s fine. He’s there, he’s there, it’s always Nadal ! “

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