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“Number One Favorite”: Novak Djokovic Wary of Rafael Nadal Threat Ahead of 2020 French Open

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French Open 2020 is just a week away, and the excitement levels are already high. Fans will return at Roland Garros and we can expect unprecedented levels of intensity. Novak Djokovic already knows that the competition will be outstanding. The Serb even had heaps of praise for Rafael Nadal in a recent press conference.

The French Open is the last major of the year, and Djoker and Rafa will undoubtedly treat us to a spectacular experience. Rafael Nadal will be making a return to competitive tennis after a span of seven months. He previously competed in the Mexico Open and won. Post that, he decided to skip the US Open 2020.

Djokovic and Nadal are expected to lock horns in the ongoing Rome Open finals, but there’s still time for the competition to progress to that stage. In a recent press conference at the tournament, the Serb opined that Nadal will obviously be the favorite to clinch Roland Garros.

“Number One Favorite”: Novak Djokovic Wary of Rafael Nadal Threat Ahead of 2020 French Open

“Let’s see how it turns out. Rafa obviously decided to stay on clay and practice. Surely that gives him more advantage, but even if he didn’t practice for that long on clay he would still be the number one favorite in Roland Garros or any other clay tournament because he’s just Rafa,” Djokovic said.

Well, one can’t debate much about Djokovic’s statements because Nadal is the undisputed king of Roland Garros. No other player has even come close to winning ten titles, but Rafa has twelve of them. So, it is always going to be a challenge for Novak to conquer Nadal on clay.

Novak Djokovic on repeating his outburst on court which led to the disqualification
Nole has already apologized for his actions at the US Open 2020 on social media. Moreover, the 33-year-old spoke to the press for the first time after the infamous incident. Notably, he had skipped the presser after getting defaulted at flushing meadows.

Once again, Djokovic looked back at the things that transpired, leading to his untimely exit from the US Open. Moreover, he made a startling statement about the violation that has sent tongues wagging again.

“I cannot promise or cannot guarantee that I will never ever do anything similar to that in my life. I’m going to try my best, obviously, but anything is possible in life,” Djokovic said. The Serb’s emotions exploded due to frustration, which he vented out by striking the ball. Unfortunately, it hit the lineswoman, causing chaos in the arena.

Novak Djokovic debates the US Open tournament referee before being defaulted. (AP)

Roland Garros will certainly be an exciting tournament, considering the amount of talent that is present in the draw. Rafa is obviously the favorite, but can one of the young guns take him out this time around?

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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