Rafael Nadal: What Rafa Must Do to Stay Scorching Hot After French Open

Steven Slivka@@StevenSlivkaCorrespondent IIIFebruary 26, 2015

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 11:  Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy in the men's singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day 16 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Another French Open has passed and another championship by Rafael Nadal has been captured. This news runs like clockwork around June every year.

The seven-time French Open champ and the newly ranked No. 1 male tennis player in the world is only one week from his victory over the former No. 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic

But Nadal is already eying the championships at Wimbledon.

Nadal has been the unmistakable "King of Clay," winning seven French Opens in the last eight years, and his main competition for the last year and a half has been Djokovic. Not only did he lose to Djokovic in last year's Wimbledon final, but Nadal lost his No. 1 world ranking to him as well.

After defeating Djokovic in this year's French Open, Nadal proved to the world that Djokovic is actually capable of losing. After all, it was his first loss in a major final in 18 months and a rematch with Nadal is extremely possible in this year's Wimbledon final.

Nadal has the momentum but Djokovic will put that aside as he looks to defend his crown at the All-England Club.

In order for Nadal to leave Wimbledon with a championship, he must keep his disciplined mental game intact. He already possesses the skills to win.

He's won Wimbledon twice before and is one of the most disciplined players in the game. His passion for tennis and his will to win is exerted in every swing of his racket.

Nadal holds more experience than Djokovic at Wimbledon, which will play to his advantage. He also broke the spell Djokovic had over him for the last year and a half by winning at Roland Garros.

The time is now for Nadal to prove to the rest of the world that he is the one who deserves the No. 1 ranking in the world.

Nadal's only real competition besides Djokovic is Roger Federer. The two men defined one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history over the last eight years, facing off in eight Grand Slam Finals since 2004.

Federer will be looking to break all the talk about Nadal and Djokovic and redeem himself from last year's Wimbledon after he lost in the quarterfinals to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

With every pun intended, the ball is in Nadal's court. With a rematch against Dkojovic very likely, he must prove that he can beat the Serbian on another surface than clay.