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Despite being ranked No. 2 in the world, there is no one who will say that Nadal isn’t the favorite to win the French Open. He was the winner of last year’s tournament, and he has won three of the last four French Opens.
His 47-1 record all-time in the tournament and his clay court dominance are simply remarkable.
Why would Nadal not win this year then?
Though many believe that Nadal is unbeatable on clay, he suffered a loss in the Madrid Open less than a month ago. He was defeated by a man that he has never lost to. And in doing so, he showed that he is entirely beatable.
Nadal’s opponents will gain confidence in their ability to defeat him. Though he will, and has been able to, cruise through the first few rounds, he will be greatly tested when the level of competition increases.
This is the time for Novak Djokovic to finally break through as the undisputed best tennis player in the world. Now that there is a crack in Nadal’s confidence on clay, Djokovic will seize the opportunity to win the French Open.