The French Open is here, who dares to bet against Nadal?
Is this time of the year again, the time when Rafael Nadal makes history and breaks records at the French Open.
The defending champion has won the major in Paris 7 times and has a 52-1 record which makes it very difficult to think that another tennis player can take this title away from him if he is healthy and playing the way he has being playing lately.
Rafa played eight tennis tournaments in 2013, has claimed the trophy in six occasions with a 36-2 match record.
He lost the final of Viña del Mar to Horacio Zeballos in his first tournament of the season after 7 month out the ATP Tour because of injury, and was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final in April.
The Spaniard can meet Djokovic in the semi-finals of Roland Garros and owns a 19-15 Head2Head record against the Serb.
Knowing Nadal’s impressive record on clay, won 285 matches lost just 21, who will be brave enough to bet against him in Paris? I know I will not.
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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will be there to try to stop Nadal’s supremacy in Roland Garros but it will not be easy.
The former world number 1 is seeded third thanks to Andy Murray’s withdrawal and starts his campaign against Daniel Brands.
He may face Lukas Rosol or No. 27 seed Fabio Fognini in the third round. Richard Gasquet, 7th seed, or No. 9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka , may be quarter-final opponents.
Djokovic will have a tough road if he wants to claim the only Grand Slam title he hasn’t won.
He will play David Goffin in the first round, then would meet No. 26 seed Grigor Dimitrov, in the third round. Alexandr Dolgopolov, the No. 22 seed, or No. 16 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber may be fourth round opponents. In the quarters Janko Tipsarevic, seeded 8th could be his rival.
Federer, who won the 2009 French Open, will face a qualifier in the first and second round. He could meet No. 30 seed Julien Benneteau in the third round.
In the 4th round, the Swiss could play No. 15 seed Gilles Simon or No. 18 seed Sam Querrey.
The quarterfinals will not be easy for another him as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, seeded 6th, No. 10 seed Marin Cilic may be his opponent .
The French Open is almost here, the top players are getting ready to take this title but Rafael Nadal is always one step ahead of them.
Will Nadal take the title in 2013 too? Are you ready to bet?