Rafael Nadal, the World No. 1 from Spain, will focus on the match instead of his No. 1 ranking before battling for his 11th title on Roland Garros. French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year will begin on 27 May. Nadal is keen to win his 11th Clay Title rather than focusing on his World No. 1 Ranking.
Nadal said at the press conference that, “of course, my emotions are to maintain myself as No. 1 rather than No. 2 or number-5, but I want to feel competitive in all of those tournaments in which I want to play. I want to see myself successful in these tournaments.”
Nadal has returned to World No. 1 position in ATP Rankings after Rome Masters this week. Since the beginning of this year, Nadal and his arch-rival Roger Federer have been topping the rankings four times by overthrowing each other.
Nadal said that “after getting injured twice at the same place, the start of the season was very difficult, but now I am feeling good. After returning to the Davis Cup, I have achieved success in many matches.”
Rolan Garros and Nadal:
The Clay Court King Nadal’s record is 19-1 on clay court this year and he will now return to Roland Garros with the same record, where his attempt will be to name this French Open title for the 11th time.
In the absence of World No. 2 Roger Federer and British Star Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal is the favourite to win the Title this year. However, Novak Djokovic is a part of the tournament but he is out of form since his injury. World No. 3 and Madrid Open winner Alexander Zverev is the main contender of Nadal this year.