In an interview to L'Equipe, Serena Williams's coach Patrick Mouratoglou said Roger Federer can go far in the French Open. The Frenchman believes there is one perfect scenario that could help the Swiss. "If Nadal really loses his dominance and [Novak] Djokovic plays as he does right now, Roger can win in Paris.
I am convinced of that. If Nadal does not win in Barcelona now, he will start to doubt", said Mouratoglou. Following his loss to Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters, Nadal said: "Was bad feeling. Was a tough day and was a difficult opponent.
I am coming from low moments in terms of injuries, and in terms of the mental side have been not easy to accept all the things that have been going on during the last times. So just was this kind of day that everything was wrong.
I probably played one of the worst matches on clay in 14 years. So when that happens, you have to lose. I played against a player that was better than me”. Speaking on Amazon Prime, the former player Gilles Muller commented that Federer's choice to play on clay is also because the Swiss is in the late stage of his career.
“I think he always liked to play on the clay. He knows also that in one or two years it is going to come to an end with his career. So I think he wants to play some of the big tournaments on clay again because he’s a good clay court player.
He’s got good results, won the French Open, won a couple of Masters 1000 [titles], so for him there’s no reason not to play. Over the last few years maybe he was struggling a bit physically [and] he chose not to play on the clay. But now that he is fit, there’s no reason for him not to play on the clay."