Former World No. 1 and Australia's Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt says that Rafael Nadal will face a tough battle to win the French Open title this year for the 13th time in his career later this year. Hewitt says World No.
1 Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, who claimed his 17th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in Melbourne this past weekend, and Austrian Dominic Thiem, who beat Nadal at Melbourne and reached the finals there losing to Djokovic, will be tough competitors for the Spaniard at Roland Garros this year.
According to TennisHead, Hewitt says, “Novak Djokovic can now absolutely win in Paris. You have got to throw in both the finalists from the Australian Open. Dominic Thiem is going to be a real threat at Roland Garros as well.
But Novak, the way that he moves and slides on clay, he has won there before, he is so strong over five sets, he is always going to be a threat. You would have to say right now the two [Australian Open] finalists and Rafael Nadal are the three favourites for Roland Garros."
Thiem has reached the finals of the French Open in 2018 and 2019, losing to Nadal in both of those finals but has beaten the Spaniard at other clay court events. Djokovic has won the French Open once in his career, back in 2016 and has reached the final in Paris on three other occasions. Nadal's 12 French Open titles are the most wins by any player at a single Grand Slam in the history of the sport.