McEnroe: "Here the favorite between Nadal and Djokovic in Paris"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 9189
The Roland Garros is approaching day by day. The men's and women's qualifiers of the Parisian Major are currently being played, while the first games of the main draw will begin this Sunday, in 4 days. The last two 1000 on clay were won by Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic with Rafael Nadal who was unable to go beyond the quarter-finals, he even stopped in the second round at the Internationals.
The former tennis player Patrick McEnroe, however, despite betting on the Serbian and considering him slightly favorite, still believes that Rafael Nadal is among the favorites once again for the victory of Roland Garros.
He said during the podcast Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe: "Normally I would say that Nadal is the favorite. Last year Djokovic beat him in the French tournament, but I still think he's the favorite, all things being equal.
But at the moment I lean towards Djokovic, despite Alcaraz having beaten him in Madrid. There is altitude, the ball jumps a little more and Novak is starting to find the range of him. At the moment, I'm aiming at Djokovic as a light favorite."
Rafael Nadal's season
The 35-year-old Majorcan lived the first part of the season in a crazy way, managing to ring an impressive series of 20 consecutive victories, taking home three titles, especially the Australian Open, beating Daniil Medvedev in the final after being two sets under and three break points in favor of the Russian in the third set.
During the Indian Wells, then, he remedied a pectoral injury which was one of the causes of the defeat against Taylor Fritz and his forced stop in the first part of the season on clay. Upon his return to Madrid, Nadal has not yet found the right feeling on red where he is unanimously considered the best player of all time.
It remains to be understood now at Roland Garros what will be the physical conditions of the twenty-one-time slam winner who in Paris boasts an incredible score of 105 wins and 3 defeats. Only Novak Djokovic (on two occasions) and Robin Soderling managed to beat him.