Rafael Nadal

Spanish tennis sensation and world number two Rafael Nadal is being labeled as the favorite to win this year’s French Open in Paris. The tournament starts today at Roland Garros. Being the only Grand Slam to be played on clay, it gives Rafa an edge over his rivals including world number one Roger Federer.

Nadal has been in sublime form this year winning three consecutive Masters titles on clay in Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid this year, after an 11 month drought when he did not manage to win any titles. Many had written him off as a player whose career was plagued by injury concerns but Rafa has made an outstanding comeback and regained his number two ranking.

The left handed Spaniard turns 24 on 3rd June and would like to celebrate his birthday with a fifth French Open title. He had last year failed to defend his title when he shockingly lost to Robin Soderling, enabling rival Roger Federer to win the French Open and complete his Career Slam of winning all four Grand Slams.

Nadal has won the last six of the seven encounters against Federer and there is no reason why he cannot better his existing record against the world’s number one player, if they happen to meet in the final.

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