Rafael Nadal will be in perfect shape to defend French Open title - Vicario


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Rafael Nadal will be in perfect shape to defend French Open title - Vicario

The former Grand Slam winner Arantxa Sanchez Vicario commented on the French Open favorites. The Spaniard believes that her compatriot Rafael Nadal is the favorite to go all the way. “Nadal is the favourite," said Sanchez Vicario.

"I think he will be okay. People are used to Rafa winning most of the clay-court tournaments. But when it comes to Grand Slams like the French Open which he has won 11 times, the first few matches are going to be important.

From there he will be in perfect shape to defend his title”. On the women's side, Vicario added: "It is very open after the domination of Serena Williams. In 19 different tournaments, only Kvitova won two times.

The rest were all different. It’s an unusual situation. Also, I think Serena still has the passion. She is getting injured a little more but if she is at the top of her game she can be a contender. I admire her for continuing to play after becoming a mum.

The longer she is in the game the better”. She also recalled her French Open final win over Steffi Graf: “Before that final, a journalist asked me how many games I was going to win. Graf barely lost a match [1988] and I beat her when she was at her top.

That started a rivalry. Sanchez-Graf…Graf-Sanchez was like Nadal-Federer-Djokovic... like Chris Evert-Navratilova. And while Graf was there I was able to go up to no.1 and that says a lot."