Whereas Novak Djokovic is considered one of the favorites for the French Open 2020, besides, he has picked his rival, Rafael Nadal, as number one favorite player. At the same time, Serb foresees Spaniard might be beatable on clay owing to the playing atmosphere.
Rivals Djokovic and Nadal were played in the Italian Open 2020, which is a key warm-up tournament of the French Open. Serbian lifted his 36th Master’s title on the event while Spaniard exited before meeting the semifinals.
However, Novak Djokovic has picked Rafael Nadal without any hesitation when he was asked about his Roland Garros favorite.
Additionally, the 2020 Italian Open winner explained about his rival, “Even though he lost this week, I still think a lot of people will agree, he’s the number one favorite and the record that he has there, the history of his results, you just can’t put anybody in front of him.”
“He(Rafa) Likes The Hot and Warm and Fast Conditions”- Djokovic
Speaking about Spaniard earlier exit from the Italian Open, Serb mentioned that the current weather conditions are major concerns for Rafa’s loss. On the other hand, Djokovic is confident in Nadal’s bounce back.
He added, “Definitely Diego showed that Nadal is beatable on clay. The conditions that they played on, obviously heavy clay, not much bounce, humid, night session, we are going to have that as well in Paris.”
According to recent reports, the French Tennis Federation(FFT) has canceled night sessions until 2021. It will be an advantage for several players, including defending champion, Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic continued, “I’m pretty sure that he does not prefer that to a high bounce. I know he likes the high bounce. He likes the hot and warm and fast conditions, where he can use his spin a lot. Let’s see. It’s going to be interesting.”
Even though the Serb has picked Spaniard as a favorite player for the French Open 2020, he anticipates Rafa will be played under pressure due to the presence of former rivals.