Surprised by Rafael Nadal’s Poor Form on Clay, Says Novak Djokovic

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 | 0


Rafael Nadal’s substandard run on clay has come as a bolt from the blue to many, for the ‘King of Clay’ is widely considered to be the greatest of all time on the surface.

A semifinal exit in Monte Carlo, untimely egress in Barcelona and Rome, fails to win the title in Madrid – you won’t normally come across such results besides Nadal’s name normally.

These outcomes have flabbergasted all the tennis followers across the world; and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is no different.

The Serb, who is arguably the biggest threat to Nadal’s fortress at the forthcoming Roland Garros, told the Rome Masters website that he is staggered with a dunk in the latter’s form, especially on the red dirt.

“I think it surprised everybody considering his records on clay court in his entire career,” Djokovic told of Nadal, who has lost just once in Paris in his entire career.

“I don’t think it has happened in the last 10 years that he has not won at least one clay-court tournament prior to Roland Garros.

“He is human as well and does have his periods when doesn’t feel that confident on the court when he’s not winning.”

The Manacor-resident is 17-5 on clay this season.


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