Rafael Nadal is undoubtably the king of red clay. The Spaniard has won a total of 12 french open titles and faced only 2 defeats at the Roland Garros. These records sound mind boggling and unreal. Any sober observer will say that the Spaniard is invincible at the French Open. However, Rafael Nadal himself disagrees with this claim and does not feel that he’s unbeatable on red clay.
“I Don’t Feel Invincible”– Rafael Nadal
Despite his ridiculously excellent French Open record, Nadal doesn’t feel that he is infallible. “I don’t feel unbeatable, thank God, never. It’s an arrogant feeling, and I’ve never had a feeling like this. Besides not feeling unbeatable, truth is that I haven’t been”
It is heartwarming to see that despite having an unassailable lead over his competitors at the Roland Garros, Rafa has not let arrogance creep into his conscience. This might be one of the reasons why his game at the French Open has always been decisive and his rivals are yet to figure out a chink in his armour.
Will He Trade A Roland Garros Title For Another Grand Slam?
Rafael Nadal explained the importance that he attaches to his French Open exploits. While for many tennis stars, winning a wimbledon title is the ultimate goal, that’s not the case for Rafael Nadal. “No, I wouldn’t trade a Roland Garros for having another Wimbledon.”
He explained that his achievements on the red clay are what distinguish him from his counterparts. Even though he feels that it’s not impossible to equal his French Open Record, he agrees that it is extremely difficult. “It is necessary to be aware that it is a very difficult number and it’s probable that I’ll leave this world without having seen that someone overcomes me in this.”
It is highly probable that Rafael Nadal will win the French Open again in 2020. The special thing about the red clay is that it puts less pressure on his knees that have been a cause of concern for him throughout his career. This allows him to play at his 100 per cent.
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