‘The only suspense at Roland Garros is to learn who Rafael Nadal will beat in the final,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou

The only suspense to the men’s singles competition at Roland Garros is finding out who Rafael Nadal will beat in the final, says Patrick Mouratoglou.

Nadal has an incredible 13 French Open titles to his name, and he beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets at last year’s final.

Indeed, the Spaniard has only lost two matches on the Paris clay since making his debut in 2005.

And, when assessing the win-percentage figures of the big three at their favoured Grand Slams, Mouoratoglou says the rest are simply playing for the right to lose to Nadal in the final.

“Just a confirmation by statistics of what I answer each year when asked about the potential winner of Roland Garros,” Mouratoglou tweeted.

“The only suspense when Roland Garros begins is who Rafa will beat in the final.”

Nadal’s French Open record is certainly imperious.

Robin Soderling was the first to get the best of him in the 2009 round-of-16, causing a major shock when he downed him in four sets.

The only other man to defeat him at Roland Garros was, predictably, Novak Djokovic, who beat him in straight sets in the quarterfinal six years ago.

He has technically lost another, but not on the court itself. Marcel Granollers was awarded a walkover against Nadal due to injury in 2016.

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