While French Open 2020 will begin next week in Paris, Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou has predicted Djokovic and Thiem will be a hurdle for Rafael Nadal to defend his title.
Nadal was eliminated from the Italian Open on Saturday. He is now preparing for the upcoming French Open, where he intends to win his 13th title. However, Mouratoglou admitted, the world number one Novak Djokovic and US Open Champion Dominic Thiem are the biggest threat to Spaniard at the French Open 2020.
Additionally, he said in the recent talk with Tennis Majors, “I think that we have two guys that can beat Rafael Nadal, which was never the case before. The first one is Novak because I think that Novak is playing the best tennis of his career at the moment. He’s beaten Rafael Nadal several times on clay, many times.”
Talking about Dominic Thiem, Mouratoglou believes the Grand Slam win at Flushing Meadows might change his play in the Future. That will be especially in the big stages of the major tournaments against the big players.
Further, he went on to say, “he’s going to be much more dangerous in the Grand Slams against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.”
“Nadal Is Coming to Roland Garros With Only a Few Matches”- Mouratoglou
Whereas Djokovic and Thiem will enter the French Open 2020 after becoming champions in the tennis returns, Nadal has played only three matches in his comeback. And both of them beat the King of Clay on some occasions in the past as well.
Djokovic defeated Nadal seven times on the clay surface, while the Austrian overcame Spaniard four times on the same.
Additionally, Mouratoglou said of Austrian, “Even though Roland Garros always been a different story, he has beaten him so many times and he’s very confident and Nadal is coming to Roland Garros with only a few matches.”
He continued, “And then we have of course Dominic Thiem, who is an incredible clay-court player, who has a lot of matches behind him.”