While Rafael Nadal has 12 Grand Slams at the Roland Garros, Martina Navratilova believes that it would be tricky for the Spaniard to win the title this time. Additionally, the tennis legend believes that Nadal will have two concerns in the upcoming tournament.
The French Open will begin at the end of this month. Besides, Nadal, who has not played in the US Open will like to win another Grand Slam at this favorite surface.
Navratilova, in a conversation with Tennis Channel, talked about Nadal’s chances to win the French Open this time. She said, “Well, it is gonna be trickier for Rafael Nadal than usual.”
Moreover, she also said, “Two reasons- first, he likes a lot of reps, a lot of match play and he won’t have, in his estimation, enough before the French Open.”
Nadal Will Like To Win Another Grand Slam And Equal Federer’s Record
Besides, this time, the tournament has been shifted to a later date than usual. This has also brought an alteration from the usual weather behavior, with respect to the one that the players are habituated to. Martina Navratilova believes that these things might affect the chances of Nadal in the tournament, however, still thinks that he can win it.
She said, “It is going to be cold and rainy wet heavy condition Rafa likes it lively so that his topspin really pays off and he can move people around the court much better.”
Besides, she also added, “The lower bounce- not so much. These two things will go against him. But he still remains a heavy favorite.”
Additionally, Rafael Nadal is just one Grand Slam behind Roger Federer’s record. And to prepare for the French Open, he skipped the US Open, despite being the defending champion at the Flushing Meadows.
With Federer off from the tennis court for a while, Spaniard will look to win and equal Federer’s record of winning 20 Grand Slams and create history at the Roland Garros.