“It’s His Tournament”: Belinda Bencic Picks Rafael Nadal as the Most Elegant Player at French Open

Published 01/22/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Fans are quite aware of Rafael Nadal‘s dominance at the French Open. There is hardly any player in the history of tennis who has had such an incredible record at any Grand Slam like the one Rafael Nadal has at the Roland Garros.

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In an interview, former World No.4 Belinda Bencic picked the most elegant and stylish player in the history of the French Open. Without a doubt, it was Nadal for her when it came to choosing from the male players.

“Well, I have to say on the male side, Rafael Nadal. I mean, for sure, it’s his tournament I think it should be, yeah, for sure,” said Bencic.

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Bencic clearly believes that Nadal ticks all the boxes when it comes to playing at the French Open. She even emphasized that the Roland Garros was Nadal’s own tournament. When asked to pick the name of the most elegant female player in the Slam’s history, Bencic took the name of Susan Langland.

“On the women’s side, I feel like Susan Langland for sure. I mean, you know, like talking about elegant, you know, with the skirts and everything. They had kind of different outfit than we have now but that’s what comes to my mind, so yeah,” added the Swiss player.

Rafael Nadal and his hegemony at the French Open

It’s a well-known fact that Rafa just loves to play on clay. The ‘King of Clay’ has 60 singles titles on the surface out of the total 86 that he has won in his career so far. He even won his first Grand Slam title as a teenager at the French Open 2005.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the men’s singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Today, Nadal has 13 French Open titles against his name. What’s even more phenomenal is that he has 100 wins at the major and just 2 losses to date.

The Spaniard recently won the French Open 2020 without dropping a single set. This was the fourth occasion when he won a Slam without dropping a single set. Surprisingly, all the previous occasions also came at the Roland Garros in 2008, 2010, and in 2017.

It has been 15 years since Nadal won his first Slam title in Paris. The dominance is continuing even after 15 years and fans believe that if Rafa continues to play till 40, at least one Slam is guaranteed for him per year.

The Spaniard will begin his 2021 season at the ATP Cup 2021. After that, he’ll move to the Australian Open 2021.

Rafa hasn’t won the title since 2009 and will certainly look forward to end his title drought this time. Will Rafa be able to win his 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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