John McEnroe gives slight advantage to Novak Djokovic over Rafael Nadal at RG



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John McEnroe gives slight advantage to Novak Djokovic over Rafael Nadal at RG

American tennis legend John McEnroe underlined that Rafael Nadal can never be underestimated at the French Open but revealed he is giving the slight advantage to Novak Djokovic for the title. Nadal is a record 13-time French Open but he didn't have a good preparation for the French Open.

On the other side, Djokovic didn't make a convincing start to the clay season but won Rome just before the French Open. "I don't think we have to worry a whole lot about Rafa at Roland-Garros, if you look at his record, it's crazy, it's insane how good it is.

13 times he has won this, so it is all about if he is feeling good physically," McEnroe told Eurosport. "If he is feeling good physically, even Novak says he is the favourite because he wants to take a little pressure off himself - you always say 'the other guy is going to win'

Nadal has won it 13 times and Novak has won it twice - who do you think the favourite is if they are both healthy? I know that Novak beat him last year in the semis, Rafa did not play for six months. All of a sudden, they go to Australia where everyone is saying Novak is going to break the record and guess what? They don't even let him play, they throw him out of the country.

Rafa Nadal wins the Australian Open after not playing for six months. These guys are incredible. Amazing. So it is going to be tough to beat them."

McEnroe: Djokovic is getting to his best

Djokovic looked great in Rome and he has been playing well so far at the French Open.

"I'm not sure he [Djokovic] is at his best level, but he is getting close to it. Novak has a way of fuelling these situations into something positive - that is very hard to do. All of a sudden he [Djokovic] loses to Alcaraz [in Madrid], what’s happening? Well, he wins Rome; now it looks like, there is Novak Djokovic - he’s back!

He’s 35, in incredible shape." When asked directly to name his top French Open favorite, McEnroe named Djokovic.

"Certainly to me, if I had to pick a guy I’d still pick him. Slight, very slight!" McEnroe added.