Rafael Nadal: 'You never know what can happen in...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'You never know what can happen in...'

Former Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis believes that Carlos Alcaraz has the game to compete against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and that he could definitely win the French Open. Alcaraz, Nadal and Djokovic are considered the top favorites for the French Open crown and Baghdatis agrees with that statement.

Alcaraz has shown that he is capable of beating Nadal and Djokovic on clay, as he beat them en route to winning Madrid. However, beating Nadal and Djokovic in a best-of-five sets match is an entirely different story, but Baghdatis believes Alcaraz could do it at the French Open.

As for Wimbledon and the US Open, Baghdatis would give the lead to Nadal and Djokovic. "Surely, Carlos [Alcaraz]... [Novak] Djokovic and [Rafael] Nadal will be there until the end of this year as well... It's hard to say that [the other players] will beat Nadal or Djokovic, in five sets - it's very difficult," Baghdatis said, according to Tennishead.

- It's [Carlos] Alcaraz, surely on clay. At Wimbledon I see Djokovic, and at the other tournaments I see Djokovic and Rafael [Nadal]." Alcaraz turned 19 this month, but has already achieved some remarkable results.

Rafa Nadal won 13 French Open

Rafael Nadal has declared that there are "without a doubt" players in better shape than him ahead of the 2022 French Open. "I think I won 12 Barcelonas and 10 Romes and I think 11 Monte-Carlos, so probably is not the big difference between here and the rest of the places, no?" the Mallorcan said.

"No, it's true that here I won maybe a couple more than the rest of the places, no, but I think my level of tennis on clay have been high during a long period of time in my tennis career, without a doubt. That's what the number says."

The Spaniard then discussed his disrupted preparations and his chances at this year's event. "Unfortunately here, I didn't have the preparation that I would like, and unfortunately that rib fracture stop a little bit the great moment that I was having since the season start," continued the 35-year-old.

"But in the sport, things can change quick, and only thing that I can do is try to be ready if that change happens. No, today looks difficult and looks that there are players that are in better shape than me, without a doubt, and is true today, but you never know what can happen in the next couple of days."