'Rafael Nadal knows himself better than anyone', says former star



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'Rafael Nadal knows himself better than anyone', says former star

Rafael Nadal is preparing to fly to Paris with a myriad of doubts. The former world number 1 had a dazzling start to the season, in which he reaffirmed that he is a legend of modern sport. Fresh from a long stop due to injury and arrived in Melbourne amidst a thousand uncertainties, the Spanish champion won the Australian Open against all odds.

In a tournament that has often been hostile to him in the past, Rafa has accomplished one of the most unexpected feats of his entire career. Thanks to that triumph, the Iberian has hoisted himself to 21 Majors, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time standings.

A stress fracture in a rib caused him to miss the first tournaments on red and - during the Masters 1000 in Rome - the 35-year-old from Manacor accused a flare-up of the pain in his foot that had tormented him last season.

The Majorcan will present himself at Roland Garros having played very few matches compared to usual. Speaking at Eurosport, the new tournament director Amelie Mauresmo analyzed Nadal's prospects in detail.

Mauresmo reflects on Rafa Nadal

"I followed what Rafael Nadal experienced in Rome.

And he knows himself better than anyone. It's an injury that he's been living with for years. So, of course, there's a concern for him first because we know how important coming to Roland-Garros is to him and it's probably shaped all of that, all of his legend, in a way," Mauresmo said.

"So we're following it. I would say carefully, but there's nothing we can do. We're just obviously all crossing our fingers to get the best players in the draw," she added. "Then, what would it mean if he were to eventually not play in the tournament? Obviously, he would be a miss."

Rafael Nadal is one of the modern-day legends of tennis. The 35-year-old is currently leading the chart of the highest number of Grand slams with 21 titles to his name. The Spaniard is in constant competition with Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Swiss legend Roger Federer.

Notably, the foot issue is not new for Nadal as it was the main reason for him to miss out on a major chunk of last season. However, the champion player had returned in style to win the Australian Open at the start of this year.

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