Spanish Star, Rafael Nadal has a clear ‘advantage’ at Roland Garros because of his decision to not to appear at the US Open and practice and practice on clay instead, says Novak Djokovic.
- Rafael Nadal is the ‘ultimate challenge’ at clay court, Djokovic.
- Skipping the U. S. Open makes Rafa the number one favourite at French Open 2020.
- Rafa Nadal has won 12 French Open titles in his career.
French Open 2020 is just a week away from us now on, and the excitement levels for the big event are already taking high beam. Fans will return at Roland Garros and we can expect unprecedented levels of intensity there, at clay court. Novak Djokovic already knows that the competition will be outstanding. The Serb even had heaps of praise for Rafael Nadal in a recent press conference, calling him the ultimate challenge at Clay court.
Rafael Nadal was the defending champion for the US Open 2020, but he opted not to defend his title this year due to safety and scheduling concerns, occurred by COVID-19 which has screwed up the sporting calendar, forced suspension of events across the globe, including the most prized event of tennis, Wimbledon as well.
Instead of defending his crown, he stayed at home and put all of his time and effort into preparing for the clay season, which is his strongest surface on lines.
Rafael Nadal is the favourite to win French Open 2020
That, according to world number one, Novak Djokovic, makes a difference and makes Rafael Nadal an even stronger favourite than usual to win the French Open this year.
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“Rafa decided to stay [at home and practice] and that surely gives him more advantage”, Novak Djokovic told media reporters at the Italian Open.
Recently defaulted from U.S Open 2020, Novak Djokovic even declared Rafa the best at clay court.
“But even if he didn’t practice for that long on clay he’d still be the number one favourite in Roland Garros or any other clay tournament because he’s Rafa”, Serbian star told.
Rafael Nadal is the “ultimate challenge”
“Playing on clay he’s the ultimate challenge”, he added.
However, lighting statistics, Rafael Nadal has won 12 French Open titles in his illustrious career and is widely considered to be the finest clay-court player of all time by stars and experts of the game.