World News – UA – ‘Herculean task’: the surprising prediction of former champion Rafael Nadal

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The conditions at the French Open later than usual have already been a topic of discussion among players, but a former Davis Cup champion believes Roland Garros specialist Rafael Nadal, will have a ‘Herculean task’ ahead of him to win this year’s tournament

Former Davis Cup double Paul McNamee believes Roland Garros officials’ decision to switch from Babolat-made balls to the Wilson variety will further inhibit Nadal’s attempts to claim a 12th tournament victory

Less than ideal conditions, evidenced by significantly cooler playing conditions and lingering drizzle, led a number of players to denounce the cumulative effects

McNamee believes that, combined with the shift from slightly faster Babolat to slower Wilson balls, has the potential to sabotage Nadal’s efforts to win a 13th Roland Garros crown

« With the latest information on Rafa and Thiem’s ​​comments on heavy bullets, I’m not sure Rafa can win a Herculean task, » McNamee posted on Twitter

« If you reduce Rafa’s spin, it’s like making John Isner only take the 2nd serve

« I guarantee the officials had absolutely no idea passing the balls Babolat to Wilson would produce heavier balls they never saw coming

With the latest information on Rafa and Thiem’s ​​comments on heavy bullets I’m not sure Rafa can win a Herculean task if you reduce Rafa’s effects, it’s like you’re just doing @JohnIsner take the second service it’s a slippery slope I’m shocked @rolandgarros is knowingly doing

I guarantee you @rolandgarros officials had absolutely no idea passing the Babolat balls to Wilson would produce heavier balls they never saw it coming. I suspect tournament director Guy Forget, a good guy, is a little red right now

« I guess tournament director Guy Forget, a good guy, is a little red right now »

Nadal has indeed commented on the unusual conditions of the tournament, admitting that they were the most difficult he has faced in a tournament on which he has boasted of an almost long stranglehold

Nadal needs seven wins to secure a century of Roland Garros wins and a record 13th title, but the Spaniard knows he will face unprecedented tests over the next two weeks by hitting a unknown heavy ball in the biting cold

« Conditions here are probably the most difficult for me at Roland Garros for so many different facts, » Nadal, second seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic, told reporters

« I just stay positive knowing that conditions aren’t perfect for me – maybe not perfect for others either – and (I accept) I’m going to need my best version to stand a chance « 

Another major challenge for Nadal may be his lack of match practice, having only played three clay court games since the 2019 French Open

The Spaniard was far from his best in Rome as he suffered a shocking quarter-final loss to Diego Schwartzman last week, with cold conditions playing a crucial role again

The new retractable roof of court Philippe Chatrier could offer Nadal a bit of a break if the weather conditions prove to be too bad

The 34-year-old, however, would still start as a crushing favorite in all conditions against Gerasimov, who is making his main draw debut at Roland Garros.

« But you know what? I’m here to fight and to play as hard as possible, to train with the right attitude, to give myself a chance That’s the main goal for me »

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World news – UA – ‘Herculean task’: the surprising prediction of former champion Rafael Nadal



SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/world-news-ua-herculean-task-the-surprising-prediction-of-former-champion-rafael-nadal/?remotepost=346556

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