Why Rafael Nadal is Still the Absolute Favourite for Roland Garros 2015?

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 | 0
(photo: ibtimes)

(photo: ibtimes)


Rafael Nadal is better known as the ‘King of Clay’, for his achievements on the surface have been unprecedented. With nine Roland Garros titles in the last 10 years of tournament history, the Manacor-resident is undoubtedly the perennial favourite in Paris dirt.

However, a slump in his form of late has raised qualms in his fan’s minds, as to will he be able to subsist his fortress this year or not. Some feel that he will be back to his best at his much-loved venue, while the others suppose the other way round.

However, it won’t be easy to witness a new winner this year. Here’s why.

Despite some substandard performances recently, the 28-year-old will enter the tournament high on morale – not because he’s had a tremendous season so far, but his citadel at the setting will certainly bolster his mindset.

Moreover, no other player perhaps is more familiar about the surface than Nadal. Ever since winning his maiden crown in 2005 here, the Spaniard has just been brushed aside in a solitary encounter (by Robin Soderling). So, it’s unambiguous that he is well-versed with the whole lot of courts in Paris.

Nadal suffered an untimely egress in the quarterfinals of the recently-concluded Rome Masters (lost to Stanislas Wawrinka). Furthermore, he decided to skip all off the tournaments on the men’s tour this week. This break could well prove to be crucial for his French Open preparations as he will have time to work on technical and mental flaws and regroup for the next week’s tournament.

In addition, the Roland Garros format will also aid the Spaniard’s quest to upset his critics by abiding his stronghold this year. Unlike the non-Grand Slam events – where you get only 3 sets to topple your adversary – the major tournaments have the power over the best-of-five layout. With immense experience under his belt, Nadal will thus have a bucket full of time to rally from down, even if pushed to the wire.

So, do you still write off his chances to pull off the men’s singles title at Roland Garros this year?





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