In a press conference in Rome Juan Martin del Potro gave his thoughts on Rafael Nadal not winning any tournament on clay prior to the French Open. The Argentinean player said: "I don't think it's weird that Rafa doesn't win a tournament on clay yet.
Many players are playing good on clay. Rafa can lose because he's a fantastic player, but also you have other guys playing good tennis at the moment. Could be weird if Rafa doesn't win Paris. But I think to my point of view, he's still a big favourite to win Roland Garros once again.
What I say all the time: you can beat Rafa once, but to beat Rafa in Grand Slam, in Paris, is another big challenge for us. We will see what happen." Del Potro also commented on his expectations ahead of the Rome event: "Well, to be honest, I'm not looking for a good result of the tournament.
I just want to feel good on the court, and that will be the best moment of this tournament. Doesn't matter if I win right now because I'm starting to play again. But also I have a tough draw. So I supposed to play with Stan or Goffin in the first round, which is a really difficult match (smiling). But anyways, if I play good, if I play another match and I close the match in good shape, will be great for me."