While he will soon be celebrating his 35th birthday, Rafael Nadal will try to get a 14th title at Roland Garros. In an interview with AFP, the Spaniard expects to be competed on on clay in Ile-de-France.
On June 3, Rafael Nadal will blow out his 35 candles, during Roland-Garros (whose final table will begin on May 30). After his victory in Rome, the Spaniard will try to grab a 14th title on Parisian clay and thus bring his counter to 21 Grand Slam crowns, the record for titles won by a single player.
If he leaves with the status of big favorite, Nadal does not want to see himself already victorious and expects to be competed for the final victory, as he confided in an interview with AFP: “No one is invincible , nowhere. This year, I lost in Monte-Carlo and Madrid. I hope not to lose here at Roland-Garros. “
But the Spaniard doesn’t want to make it easy for his opponents: “I’m not going to give them any clues. I have to worry about what I have to do so that they don’t beat me. And they have to. do the same on their side. “
Rafael Nadal will begin his preparation for the tournament and wants to fully concentrate on approaching his entry into the scene as well as possible: “I have just arrived in Paris and I only think of one thing, to train, to familiarize myself as well as possible with the courts, find good feelings and my habits to be competitive when I start my tournament. The objectives here are always at their highest, but to achieve them, it is a daily work in order to constantly improve. I hope to be able to fight for something big. “
“To be the one who plays the best”
Over the years, Rafael Nadal has made Roland-Garros his garden. With 13 Musketeers’ Cups won, the Spaniard does not want to stop there: “Here I am, today, with ambitions at Roland Garros which is a very special place for me. Favorite or not, this is not the question: my goal is to be the one who plays the best. “
But Nadal did not always believe that it would be easy for him to play at Roland Garros, on a court which he describes as “very big” and on which “it is more difficult to have good feelings.”
“At the beginning, I think I played better in Monte-Carlo or in Rome. It’s more difficult to have a good feeling at Roland-Garros, the court is very big and these are different sensations from those of other tournaments. (…) Roland-Garros is the cathedral of clay, I have never had bad feelings there, but it is also true that I have had very good ones in other tournaments on this surface. . “