- Is Rafael Nadal still the French Open favorite? (via USA Today)
… Nadal’s winning percentage during his “slump” is still better than the career average of every active player.
It’s easy to lose perspective. For anyone else, one title, one finals loss and an 11-3 record during the European swing would be an exceptional way to enter the French Open. For Nadal, it’s catastrophe. All of these numbers are only surprising because Nadal set the bar so high. We’ve been spoiled by his greatness so much that it makes the very good seem pedestrian. That 78.6 winning percentage is better than the lifetime clay winning percentages of every active player, including Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Nadal’s worst is better than everybody else’s best. That’s why he’s still the favorite at the French Open. Even with the struggles, he has to be. This isn’t 2008, when you could start inscribing Nadal’s name on the trophy before he even arrived in Paris. But he’s still the man to beat, no matter how rough the rest of the season was.
- Who’s the Real 2014 French Open Favorite: Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic? (via bleacherreport.com)
But Roland Garros is Nadal’s house. His record at the tournament is so extraordinary that, in my opinion, he will be the favorite there until the day he retires.
- Rafa Nadal está media hora más en pista por partido jugado (via tennis.as.com)
“Estoy mejor que hace una semana, y mis opciones de cara a París, también han mejorado”, advierte sin embargo Nadal. En París, a cinco sets, será fundamental no desgastarse tanto, porque la batalla final promete.
- Djokovic, Nadal ready for French Open, competition for No. 1 (via tennis.com)
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will compete for the No. 1 ranking at the French Open, where a meeting in the final between the two would decide the top spot. According to the ATP, Djokovic would also become No. 1 if Nadal does not reach the semifinals. If the Serb reaches the quarterfinals, Nadal would need to win the title to stay No. 1.
- Kia y Make-A-Wish cumplen la ilusión de un joven seguidor de Rafa Nadal (via noticiasdelmotor.com)