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Tennis News: Rafael Nadal a unique talent, can still challenge Novak Djokovic at the 2016 French Open says David Ferrer

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Rafael Nadal (Photo courtesy: Valentina Alemanno/Wikimedia Commons)

Rafael Nadal is seen as a player who is already past his prime but compatriot David Ferrer believes the former World No. 1 has a shot of getting back into top form and win another tennis Grand Slam, particularly his favorite, the French Open at Roland Garros.

“[Rafael Nadal] is on the right path to win a Slam or be world no. 2. Roland Garros? [Novak] Djokovic is the favorite because he is the no. 1, but Rafa has many chances to win,’ the 33-year-old Ferrer said in an interview via marca.com where he talked about his tennis career and success inside the court.

Like Nadal, Ferrer has seen his rankings drop in men’s singles tennis competition in recent years. Ferrer is ranked eighth while Nadal is in fifth place. The Spanish pair remains the only players from Spain who are ranked inside the Top 10 in the ATP rankings.

Ferrer has ultimate respect for Nadal saying that the latter is a special and unique talent.

“There will not be anyone like Rafa Nadal,” Ferrer, who has never won a tennis Grand Slam title, added in the interview.

Nadal is a 14-time Grand Slam title winner with nine of the majors wins coming at the French Open, his favorite as a clay court specialist. The next Grand Slam tournament will be at Roland Garros and Nadal is considered a threat despite his on-court and confidence struggles in recent years.

Nadal won the French Open from 2005 to 2008 and then from 2010 to 2014. The Spanish pro will be seeded lower than the other favorites and rivals like Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in the Roland Garros tennis tournament in May and will need to beat two or three of the top guys in the rankings if Nadal wants another French Open title to his name.

Photo courtesy: Valentina Alemanno/Wikimedia Commons

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