French Open: Nadal is not the title favorite


05 May 2019

Why Rafael Nadal might not win the French Open 2019?

When it comes to men's tennis tournaments on clay courts, Rafael Nadal is the only name that comes to one's mind.

Termed as the 'King of Clay', he has record 11 French Open under his belt.

However, with his shaky form this term, there are apprehensions that he might not be the favorite to defend the title at Roland Garros.

We analyze.

King of Clay

Nadal is unstoppable on clay courts

Nadal is unstoppable on clay courts

Analyzing his clay-court performance to date, he has been the most dominant force in the history of sport.

Nadal has pocketed 57 clay-court singles tournaments, the most by any tennis star in the Open Era.

He has scripted several records on his favorite surface including a 81 match winning streak.

His stats prove why he is called the 'King of Clay'

2019 clay season

Nadal is trophy-less on clay this season

Ironically, Nadal is enduring a hard time on the clay surface in 2019. He has already lost a couple of tournaments.

Further, in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona Masters, he lost the semis in straight sets.

His under-performance, this season on the surface, has also raised some eyebrows about his fitness.

Nadal is coming from an injury, which might make things difficult for him.

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Why struggle?

Why is Nadal struggling this season?

Why is Nadal struggling this season?

While Nadal's underwhelming performance on clay does come as a surprise to many, quite a few saw this coming.

Many believe it is his knee that has been troubling him since a couple of years.

Further, Nadal has been suffering from abdominal, ankle, knee and finger injuries since November.

The recurrence of these injuries are the reasons as to why Nadal has been shaky.

Possible contender

Who other than Nadal can win French Open?

Assuming Nadal is not in the best shape to win French Open this year, who are the other possible contenders?

While the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will enter as favorites, we feel Djokovic has an upper hand.

Moreover, new blood like Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini cannot be ruled out either, as they are the ones who have tamed Nadal recently.

Author's take

Nadal not the favorite to win French Open

Nadal not the favorite to win French Open

Nadal has a sharp mind to judge his performance, especially on clay. He will give it all to win the French Open in 2019.

However, the author feels that the chances of him winning his favorite Grand Slam are low this time around.

Moreover, if his injuries aggravate before or during the tournament, we don't see any realistic chance of him defending the title.

What's next?

Nadal eyes fine performance in Madrid and Rome before Paris

Currently, Nadal is training hard and looking to come up with a stellar performance in the upcoming ATP Madrid Masters, starting this week.

It would be followed by the ATP Rome Masters the following week, where he is the defending champion.

Least to say, if Nadal loses any one or both of these, his chances of winning the French Open would take a hit.

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How many ATP Finals has Nadal won?

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Nadal has won two ATP finals to date (2010 and 2013).

Has Nadal won an Olympic gold?

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Nadal has won two Olympic golds (2008 singles and 2016 doubles).

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Nadal is currently 32-year-old.

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Nadal hails from Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain.

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