Patrick Mouratoglou: RG could be key in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal GS title race

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Patrick Mouratoglou: RG could be key in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal GS title race

Patrick Mouratoglou is extremely excited about the clay season as he is looking forward to seeing what will be the next chapter in the Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Grand Slam title race. Djokovic was denied a chance to battle for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Nadal took the advantage of the absence of the record nine-time Australian Open champion and won a record 21st Grand Slam. Nadal now has 21 Grand Slams, while Djokovic and Roger Federer are tied on the second place with 20 Majors each.

"I think the clay season is going to be unbelievable. Unbelievable. First, there is so much on the line because who is going to win Roland Garros is the key. If it's Rafa, he has two Grand Slams more than Novak. If it's Novak, they go equal and Novak has a better chance than Rafa on grass.

And this battle between those two for the number of Grand Slam titles is unbelievable. So Roland Garros can be a key in the season," Mouratoglou said in a clip uploaded on his Instagram.

Nadal, Djokovic both expected to play the French Open

After a stunning start to the year, Nadal suffered a stress fracture in one of his ribs at the Indian Wells Masters.

Two weeks ago, Nadal announced the diagnosis and announced he would be out for four to six weeks. Nadal is set to miss the start of the clay season but he is expected to be ready for the French Open. On the other side, Djokovic is expected to be allowed to compete at the French Open.

Last month, France lifted its vaccine mandate. Djokovic is now set to play at the Monte Carlo Masters and French Open. Last year, Djokovic defeated Nadal in the French Open semifinal. After beating Nadal, Djokovic recovered from a two-set deficit in the final to beat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas.

It remains to be seen if Djokovic can win back-to-back French Open titles for the first time in his career.