Radael Nadal didn’t care if he was considered the favourite for a 10th French Open, even if his rivals were of the view about him being favourite.
Austrian star Dominic Thiem said, “100% he’s the big favourite,”
“Of course I think he’s back at his best this year, and then also he won here nine times. So he knows how it works to win here.
“I think he will try everything to win Le Decima, I think it will be very unique in tennis to win Grand Slam title ten times. It’s pretty crazy, I guess. So 100% he’s the one to beat and the big favourite,” he added.
The 23-year-old world number nine has already faced Nadal three times on clay this season losing in the finals in Barcelona and Madrid before gaining revenge in the quarter-finals in Rome. That was Nadal’s only loss on clay this year and he will be looking to get over it quickly.
However, with defending champion Novac Djokovic and World number one Andy Murray both struggling for consistency, it appears to be a thankless task.
Nadal said, “You have to write what you have to do, but I don’t care,”
“At the end of the day for me the only important thing is arrive here, play well. If I am playing well, doesn’t matter if you believe or you don’t believe that I am one of the candidates or not.
“The only way to have chances, real chances to play good event is play very well, be healthy, and then be with the right attitude in every practice and in every match, no?”
Nadal had to withdraw from last year’s French Open due to a wrist injury after two rounds, but this year already reached the magical 10 titles number at the clay-court events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
He won Madrid for a fifth time,thereby ending a seven-match losing streak against Djokovic which lasted for about 2 years. Nadal’s record at Roland Garros with 72 wins is sensational and no easy task.
“Rafa playing on his favourite surface won three tournaments in a row this year, and playing confidently and much better than he was playing actually last year.I definitely see him as the No. 1 favourite for this title,” said Djokovic.