Rafael Nadal admitted in a recent interview that the French Open later this year is the Grand Slam title he wants to win, if he has another shot at winning another majors title.
After his opening round win at the 2016 Rio Open in Rio Brazil, Nadal responded to a question and said that he wants to win the next Grand Slam at Roland Garros if he were given a chance to choose which of the upcoming majors tournaments he wants to win next.
Nadal’s last Grand Slam win was at the 2014 French Open. Since then, the former World No. 1 has never gotten past the quarterfinals of the last seven Grand Slam tournaments. Even worst for Nadal, he suffered two early exits, getting eliminated in the second round of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships and the first round of the 2016 Australian Open.
Nadal is currently tied at second place for most Grand Slam titles in a men’s singles career, tied with Pete Sampras and three away from Roger Federer’s world record of 17 Grand Slam wins.
Out of the 14 total majors titles, Nadal has won 9 at Roland Garros. The nine wins at the French Open is the record for most titles in the clay court championships. Only Bjorn Borg of Sweden has been as successful on clay with six titles at the French Open. Rivals Roger Federer of Switzerland has only one while Novak Djokovic of Serbia has yet to win at Roland Garros.
Djokovic, the current World No. 1, is aiming for his first French Open title this ATP season. However, Nadal remains the biggest test for the Serbian despite the former’s recent struggles.
In the same interview, Nadal stated that he is focused on improving his own game rather than worry about Djokovic.
The 2016 French Open is set from May 16 to June 5 later this year.
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