Rafael Nadal still has the Roland Garros title in his hands says Alex Corretja despite serious challenges from some of the top players.
Nadal is hoping to win his 14th French Open title this year, a feat that would also make him take the record for the most Grand Slam titles by any man in history.
Despite being the clear favourite for the tournament due to his dominance in Paris, the Spaniard is actually only seeded third behind world number one and two Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.
His third seeding means he hasn’t been able to escape being in the same half of the draw as his main rival Novak Djokovic, who he would have to meet in the semi-final rather than the final if all results go his way.
The top half of the draw is by far the most competitive, alongside Nadal and Djokovic, it also includes Roger Federer, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner, Aslan Karatsev and Diego Schwartzman.
While Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev head up the second half of the draw.
Corretja believes that although there is enough talent to challenge for the title, it is still Nadal’s to lose.
“Yes, there are guys out there who can. There is Novak of course, there is Thiem, there is Tsitsipas, there is Zverev, there is [Diego] Schwartzman,” Corretja told Eurosport.
“Of course we see others like [Matteo] Berrettini, Casper Ruud, these guys can stay with Rafa but I’m just not sure they can over five sets.
“If Thiem is well, then he is probably the one that Rafa can suffer the most against on clay because of the styles of games. He has got a good forehand, a good backhand, a good serve – he doesn’t need to go so far back to hit his backhand.
“But I still feel it is in Rafa’s hands more than anybody else.”
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