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Rafael Nadal, favourite to win French Open 2013 amongst Federer, Djokovic and Ferrer

May 28, 2013

Nadal

Rafael Nadal, many claim to be one of the greatest players to have ever played on clay court. It is no surprise when Nadal is considered to be a favourite for French Open 2013. To support their claim, Nadal has won the last three editions of French Open and a total seven times. If Nadal wins French Open 2013, he will become only the second player in the history to win Roland Garros eight times after Max Decugis who won his eight Roland Garros title in 1914.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, David Ferrer are few players who could make the Spaniard sweat, else there are none who fall in such bracket or even come close to the Spaniard. Even the three mentioned players will not find it easy in the competition, as Nadal’s previous performance in the clay court says it all. He is known as the master of clay and rightly so. But, one should not count the chickens before they hatch, for the quality in the mentioned players is top notch.

If Nadal and Djokovic win all their respective matches, they are going to play one another in a semi-finals to determine the finalist. The last time these players met in Roland Garros was in 2012 finals, where Nadal played a superb game to defeat Djokovic. But, Nadal is aware of the threat that the big Serb possess, who on his day could destroy any player, irrespective of the surface. Djokovic has the game to unsettle Nadal, but his best may still not be enough, when it comes to Nadal and his clay court skills. He has that extra bit in him, which helps him conquer the red surface.

Many people consider Federer past his prime and does not consider him to be a challenger for the title. His recent record in Grand Slam also does not auger well for Federer, where the last Grand Slam that the Swiss won was- Wimbledon 2012. It is his only Grand Slam win in three years, including this season so far. But, Federer’s rivalry with Nadal has always been talked about in Tennis circles as one of the greatest, in spite of Federer past his prime, where he has stated that he is a stronger player compared to six years. Federer also looked comfortable in his last tournament, Masters 1000 event in Rome, where he lost to Nadal in the finals, after a tremendous run. This will put him in good stead in the second Grand Slam of the year.

But, Federer might well not reach the finals of the competition, as there are some big names that he has to defeat en route such as David Ferrer, Julien Benneteau and Gilles Simon. He might stand as favourites while playing against these players, but he could be in for a surprise. Especially with David Ferrer also being in the bottom half of the draw, the route is challenging. The Spaniard, David Ferrer who is seeded fourth can pose a serious challenge, as he has been consistently making it to the business end of the competition. With Nadal and Djokovic in the other half of the draw, it could well help him land a place in the finals, which will surprisingly be his first Grand Slam final. And who knows, if he could spring in a surprise and win the title.

Nadal has made a great comeback after he was absent from the game suffering a knee injury. It has been four months that the player has made a comeback and has won an impressive six titles along with two losses in the finals. Along the way, he has beaten the best of the best players in the circuit, which also includes Federer. These are just signs of a world-class champion player. No wonder, he is said to be one of the favourites to win the French Open 2013 title.

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