Patrick Mouratoglou on Rafael Nadal at French Open: There is a real unknown for him



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Patrick Mouratoglou on Rafael Nadal at French Open: There is a real unknown for him

Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou is curious to see how will Rafael Nadal perform at the French Open as he acknowledged that the Spaniard won't have a perfect preparation for the second Grand Slam of the season. Nadal, 35, sustained a stress fracture in one of his ribs in Indian Wells.

The injury sidelined Nadal for a month and a half as he was forced to skip the beginning of the clay season and events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Nadal usually plays four events before the French Open but this year he will arrive with only two tournaments played prior to Roland Garros.

“Rafael Nadal is not going to play many matches, and it is extremely rare that he arrives at Roland Garros with so few matches. So, for Roland-Garros, there is a real unknown for him. Despite his incredible start to the season, he is a player who has always needed to play a lot (before Roland Garros).

He will not reach the top," Mouratoglou told France Info, as quoted on We Love Tennis.

Nadal couldn't wait any longer

Missing Madrid would have put Nadal in an uncomfortable spot so there is no surprise that he gave his absolute best to compete at Caja Magica.

"Despite only just arriving with preparation and it being difficult, I really want to play and play at home since the opportunities are few," Nadal tweeted this week. "I will try to do it in the best possible way. See you in Madrid”.

Even though Nadal is by far the greatest clay court player in tennis history, there is not much expectation on him going into Madrid. However, Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez is hoping Nadal finds his game in Madrid.

"We are very excited that Rafa is here with us. I have hopes in that we can see him 100% on Wednesday," Lopez told Marca.