Wilander: "Rafael Nadal is not among the top three favorites in Paris"

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Wilander: "Rafael Nadal is not among the top three favorites in Paris"

Mats Wilander is came back to talk about Rafael Nadal and his path at the Roland Garros 2022, during an interview with the Observador. Wilander explained: "I don't think Rafael Nadal is the big favorite in this edition of the Roland Garros.

It is not the first time that Rafa shows up in Paris without being the favorite, especially in recent years. The example of 2020 comes to mind. He arrived here, started playing better, relied on his experience and found a way to win.

I have no doubt that he will grow as the shifts go by. Will a not 100% Nadal be enough to lift the trophy? He did it in the past, but he is now almost 36 years old. I think Rafa is the fourth favorite at the moment." Mats also spoke of Iga Swiatek: “he has achieved formidable results in this beginning of the season.

His tennis is partly reminiscent of that of his idol Rafael Nadal. However, at best of three sets it is more difficult to dominate. He happens to get into the game badly and lose the first set in a short time. It's clear that Iga is the favorite, but I'm not ruling out surprises."

Rafael Nadal in Paris 2022

Rafael Nadal's debut at the Roland Garros 2022 is already history.

The Spanish phenomenon comes to his favorite Grand Slam with a myriad of doubts, mainly related to his physical condition. The former world number 1 had a crazy start to the season, in which he reaffirmed that he is an absolute legend of modern sport.

The 35-year-old from Manacor won the Australian Open against all odds and won the first 20 games played in 2022. A stress fracture in his rib forced him to miss the first appointments on red (Monte Carlo and Barcelona) and the pain in the foot has returned to be felt during the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

The Majorcan, who did not go beyond the quarterfinals in Madrid and the eighths in Rome, is hunting for his 14th seal in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The 21-time Grand Slam champion landed at the top of the draw, the same as Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.