Nadal is aiming to become the first man in history to win a double-digit number of Grand Slams at a single tournament.
Victory for Nadal at the ongoing French Open would seal his credential as the ultimate undisputed King of Clay.
Nadal’s superiority on this surface is not in doubt after the 14-time grand slam champion triumphed in 9 out of the 10th tournament he featured in. His only loss came in the hand of Robin Soderling at the 2009 Roland Garros.
His only loss came in the hand of Robin Soderling at the 2009 Roland Garros.
Soderling went all the way to the final where he was stopped by Roger Federer.
Nadal’s defeat at the 2009 tournament turned out to be a blip as he returned to dominance on clay almost immediately.
Injury prevented the king of clay from defending his title in 2016, paving the way for Novak Djokovic to complete his own career slam by becoming only the 8th man to do so.
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Following the defeat of Novak Djokovic at the 2017 French Open in the hand of Dominic Thiem, Nadal must navigate a difficult semi-final against a familiar foe in Dominic Thiem whom he defeated at the Barcelona and Madrid Open to claim his 29th and 30th ATP trophies.
A defeat in the hand of Dominic Thiem at the Italian open on clay immediately before the French Open and the fate suffered by Novak Djokovic meant Nadal indeed will not be having an easy ride and must be on top of his game to achieve this.
Further down in the line in the final will be either a resurgent Murray or Stan the man, both previous grand slam winners and not a push over on their days will present a mouth-watering final.
Remaining French open Men’s fixtures.
I do have a sneaky feeling this is Nadal’s year for the La Decima! Too early to say congratulations in advance? or one of Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray will crash his party?