'Novak Djokovic gave a bad impression at the end of...', says top analyst

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'Novak Djokovic gave a bad impression at the end of...', says top analyst

Patrick McEnroe has said he would never rule Rafael Nadal out of contention for the French Open title, but added that he gives Novak Djokovic a slight edge at this year's Roland Garros. Nadal was forced to skip the start of the clay court season as a rib injury prevented him from participating in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

Nadal kicked off his clay court season in Madrid, where he was defeated in the quarterfinals. In Rome, Nadal suffered from pain due to persistent foot problems and ended up suffering a shock loss to Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16.

On the other hand, Djokovic looked absolutely great in Rome as he won the title without dropping a set. "Normally I would say that Nadal is the favourite. Djokovic beat him last year in France, but I still think he (Nadal) is the favourite, all things being equal.

But, I think I'm leaning towards Djokovic at the moment, despite that Alcaraz beat him in Madrid. The height there, the ball jumping a little more, and Novak is starting to find the rhythm of it. Right now, I give Djokovic the slight favourite," McEnroe said on the 'Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe' podcast, via Sportskeeda.

Following the 2021 season, Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer were tied for the list of all-time Grand Slam records with 20 Majors. Djokovic was unable to compete at this year's Australian Open, while Federer did not play because he was recovering from knee surgery.

Nadal took advantage of Djokovic's absence and lifted a record 21 Grand Slams in Australia. Now, Djokovic will no doubt be highly motivated to win the French Open and tie Nadal's record.

Djokovic will defend the title in Paris

Novak Djokovic hit his stride right before the French Open, winning his first title of the year at the Italian Open.

"For many reasons I have to say Novak (Djokovic). First because he has just won Rome and that will give him confidence; then because I think he has within him a feeling of revenge after everything that has happened to him in recent months...

Not being able to play the Australian Open. He is the defender of the crown," he said. "He has proven to himself that he can return to playing long matches despite the defeat to Alcaraz in Madrid. In Monte Carlo he gave a bad impression at the end of his match with Davidovich, he looked tired. Now he's better and he appears to be. He is the favorite in Paris," the Swede said.