Toni Nadal says Rafael Nadal will still be a French Open title contender if he reaches the second week. Nadal, 36, hasn't played since the Australian Open after suffering an injury to his psoas muscle. So far this season, Nadal has already missed Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.
“Obviously he is not going to arrive at Roland Garros with a good preparation, we do not have to fool ourselves. Since January he hasn't played matches, he hasn't competed for a long time, before Australia he didn't play many matches either, but Nadal picks up speed right away and in a Grand Slam it depends a lot on the draw.
Uncle Toni: Nadal has the mentality to overcome this and win the French Open
"I have said it many times that they have interviewed me.
Nadal in the second week is already a favorite. Lately in the first ones he is not, he was not last year in Australia, but from the second week we can already count on. His family and he dream of it and I think he has the mentality to achieve it," Toni Nadal added.
Last week, Nadal shared a lengthy message to his fans. In his announcement, Nadal admitted that his recovery is taking longer than initially expected. Now that Nadal is also missing Madrid, Rome remains his new target for a comeback.
The Rome Masters is starting on May 10th. Judging by Toni Nadal's words, Nadal is definitely expecting to be ready for the French Open. Last year, Nadal was hampered by a foot injury just before the start of the French Open.
Still, Nadal was able to win a record 14th French Open title. It remains to be seen if Nadal can pull off another French Open miracle this year.
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