Rafael Nadal: ‘Roland Garros delay won’t make a difference to my preparations’

Rafael Nadal says he doesn’t think delaying Roland Garros by a week will affect his preparations for the tournament but it may make a difference at Wimbledon. 

Nadal holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles at a single tournament with 13 Roland Garros wins. The closest to that is Novak Djokovic with nine Australian Open titles and Roger Federer with eight Wimbledon Championships.

The Spaniard also jointly holds the record for the most singles Grand Slam titles in the men’s game with Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slams each.

Last month it was announced that due to a further coronavirus lockdown in France, Roland Garros would be put back for a week to allow restrictions to be lifted so that audiences could attend the tournament.

Now with a 14th French Open title on offer, and an opportunity to break the overall men’s Grand Slam record, Nadal has said that he doesn’t think the delay will affect his preparations but he can’t be certain.

“I can tell you in one month,” Nadal said when asked by the press at the Madrid Masters. “I can’t tell you now, no.

“I don’t see a big difference between one or the other thing, for me personally, like in terms of preparations, for the tournaments,” said Nadal.

“Of course, in the past, the other way worked very well for me, but last year worked well, and it was completely different,” speaking of the re-arranged 2020 French Open which took place in September fourth months after its usual date.

‘I don’t know, I mean, the situation is how it is around the world.”

The world number has hit clay season on a high winning the Barcelona Open last week for the 12th time and is top seed in this week’s Madrid Masters.

And he said while he doesn’t think the date change will impact Roland Garros preparations, he is a little concerned about Wimbledon.

“The only thing that is a little bit less positive is we have one week less between Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

“That is the main issue, more than about the preparations, for me personally, for Roland Garros. I don’t think it’s going to make a big change.”

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