The triumph in Rome last week strengthened Rafael Nadal’s candidacy as the main favorite for victory at Roland Garros 2021. The Spanish phenomenon will in fact go after his 14th triumph in the French capital, which would be useful for overcoming Roger Federer by hoisting himself up. at 21 Grand Slams. The season hadn’t started in the best way for the 34-year-old Majorcan, struggling with a back pain and struggling even in the first appointments on clay. In both of the tournaments he won this year, Rafa was forced to cancel match points. One to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final and a couple to Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNL Internationals of Italy. The Manacor veteran took off the whim of beating the number 1 ATP Novak Djokovic at the Foro Italico, taking home his tenth title in the Eternal City and his 36th Masters 1000. In a long interview granted to ‘Marca’, Rafa tried to remove the pressure in view of the second major of the season.
Rafael Nadal on his Roland Garros chances
Rafael Nadal was asked why he was downplaying his Roland Garros chances even after he had won Rome while beating his biggest rivals along the way. “In life, what has no solution you cannot regret,” the 34-year-old said. “You have to change what can be done, what has happened can no longer be fixed. I can play better in what comes. My goal was to go to Rome and win. We live in the present and if you lose, in the future you can win. When you win, it brings you happiness and peace of mind, but in two weeks I will be nervous and worried,” Rafael Nadal said. “And if I win Roland Garros I will worry about Wimbledon. Rome stays in my window for the rest of my life and this is the positive. Day by day, work and enthusiasm for the following, that is the key.” The French Open 2021 will kick off from May 30, 2021, after a delay of one week due to the pandemic’s condition in Paris. In spite of the delay, Rafael Nadal will not be playing any lead-up tournaments and will practice for Roland Garros. Recently, Nike unveiled Rafa’s new outfit that he’ll be wearing at the French Open 2021. Unlike his outfit at the Italian Open, it is no longer pink-purplish but is something even more attractive and distinctive. At Roland Garros, Nadal will wear a light-green, V-neck t-shirt. Fans haven’t seen Rafa wear green that often and thus, it’ll be something different for them as well. To complement the t-shirt, he’ll be wearing blue-violet shorts on the court.