Alicia Molik: If Rafael Nadal proved to win RG this year, he would be super-human



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Alicia Molik: If Rafael Nadal proved to win RG this year, he would be super-human

Former two-time Grand Slam champion Alicia Molik thinks winning this year's French Open will be an extremely tough task for Rafael Nadal. Nadal has had a challenging clay season as a rib injury forced him to skip Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

Nadal kicked off his clay season in Madrid and also played in Rome the following week. Nadal didn't look great in Madrid and Rome as arrived to the French Open without a clay title won leading up to the tournament. Also, there is a big question mark regarding Nadal's fitness level as he was hampered by a foot pain in Rome.

"It's not the ideal lead-up, is it? Normally he's played a bank of matches. Hard enough to win a Slam when you're healthy, and he will have doubts about his body. Over three or four hours, over five sets? It's going to be a tall ask.

If he proved to win the French Open this year, he would be super-human. But, we've seen stranger things happen. I think Alcaraz and Djokovic are favoured to win over Rafa, but I wouldn't discount him. He could've had a complete rest before Roland Garros, but he's also conscious he needs to play.

It's a real tough one," Molik told the Australian Open website.

Molik names Novak Djokovic as the top favorite

Like Nadal, Djokovic also had a rough start to the clay season. However, Djokovic seemingly found his game and rhythm in Rome as he went all the way at Foro Italico without a dropped set.

Djokovic is the defending champion at Roland Garros and Molik thinks the Serb will repeat as champion at the French Open. "Yes, I do see him as the favourite. Sounds strange saying it, because he's No.1 in the world, but it's a bit of a monkey off his back.

I was worried a month ago when Novak, who's one of the most supreme athletes in tennis, was saying after a couple of losses that he ran out of gas. That was actually quite worrying; I was wondering if he could regain that," Molik added.