Rafael Nadal has ‘no chance’ of beating Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros this year in these slower conditions, says the Serb’s coach Goran Ivanisevic.
Nadal is chasing a 13th Grand Slam crown in Paris, and winning it would draw him level with Roger Federer with the most ever career majors.
However, if he has to go through world number one Djokovic in the final, former Wimbledon champion Ivanisevic says Rafael Nadal will have to wait a little longer for history.
“I’m counting on Novak – Nadal in the final, in which, in my opinion, Nadal has no chance in these conditions, on this clay and with Novak, who has got into his head,” Ivanisevic told HRT ahead of the semi-finals.
“I went a little too far, but in my opinion Novak is the number one favourite. He brought his body, his head and preparation to perfection.
“He prepares everything in detail, from tactics, technique, to nutrition, and he adheres to it.
“That’s the most important thing because I couldn’t stick to half of it.
“But he knows it makes him better, he wants to progress every day and it’s very interesting to work with him because he wants something better every day, at least 0.00001 percent, but something has to be happening.
“I have never seen such a mentality in my life.”
The conditions at Roland Garros this year have been controversial, with the clolder conditions and heavier Wilson ball providing significantly less bounce.
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