Rafael Nadal will once again be the main favorite for the victory at the Roland Garros 2021, which will start a week late due to the delicate health situation in France. The Spanish champion is currently tied with Roger Federer at 20 Slam titles, but if he should won also the parisian Slam this season, he would make an unexpected and historical overtaking.
The former world number 1 will have to watch his back above all from Novak Djokovic, intent on taking revenge after last year's beating, Dominic Thiem (two-time finalist in Paris), Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.
The 34-year-old from Manacor enters the second Slam of the season with two trophies on the showcase, won respectively in Barcelona and Rome last week. Unlike many other times, the Iberian did not seem invulnerable on this surface, having had to cancel match points in both tournaments won in 2021.
In a long interview with Bleacher Report, Nadal insisted that his real goal is not the all-time Slam record. Nadal said: "I'm not approaching Roland Garros as if it were an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the 21st Grand Slam” - the 13-time Roland Garros champion made his debut.
I am preparing myself as if I were playing the most important event of my tennis career. Of course, I would be happy to win the 21st Major, but for me it is above all Roland Garros." Nadal knows that the pressure will be all on his shoulders.
He added: "The day you no longer feel the pressure, it risks being the time to say goodbye. Without those emotions, it is difficult to compete at the highest level. I think we players need to feel those feelings. I want to play well, I know the things I have to do to get to the end.
I hope to be able to create many opportunities and to be very competitive in one of my favorite events." Roger Federer will also participate at the Roland Garros 2021, in his first ever Slam since the Australian Open 2020.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams will play Wimbledon 2021
Compared to previous years, the pandemic has brought about several changes, tennis players will not be able to rent the typical private houses near the tournament, but they will all have to stay in the official hotel.
The Entry List of Wimbledon 2021 includes all the top 10 in the world with Roger Federer starting from number 8, just ahead of the blue tennis player Matteo Berrettini. To decipher the situation relating to the top positions with Novak Djokovic currently ahead of the Russian Daniil Medvedev and with the king of clay and twenty-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal in third position.
In the male Entry List, made up of 104 athletes, there are 9 Italians. Guide Matteo Berrettini to number 9, immediately followed by the young blue talent Jannik Sinner who will be seeded and who for the first time will tread the green fields of Wimbledon.
Then there are Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini, Stefano Travaglia, Salvatore Caruso, Gianluca Mager, Lorenzo Musetti and Andreas Seppi complete the list. In the women's draw stands out the presence of Serena Williams, among the favorites and with all the fans curious to understand if the American will win the 24th career Grand Slam title, thus reaching the record of Billie Jean King.
In addition also Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, pay attention on this surface also to Aryna Sabalenka, Karolina Pliskova and the American Jennifer Brady. The clay court season is not over and we could say that its main tournament is missing, which will start next week but the men's and women's Entry List of the 2021 edition of the Wimbledon tournament, the third Slam of the year, has been published in the last few hours.
. There is great anticipation for this tournament, especially this year, given that last year Wimbledon was canceled due to the Pandemic and also because this could be the last time to see Roger Federer at work at Wimbledon.
The Swiss tennis player, on the threshold of 40 years, dreams of the great enterprise, but with the passing of months (and years) this appears increasingly difficult. Compared to Roland Garros it seems that everyone will be there at Wimbledon and we will see the return to the circuit of both Nick Kyrgios (absent in Paris) and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka.