Dominic Thiem rates Rafael Nadal as favourite to win French Open ahead of Novak Djokovic

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Dominic Thiem rates Rafael Nadal as the French Open favourite
Dominic Thiem rates Rafael Nadal as the French Open favourite (Image: Getty)

Dominic Thiem rates Rafael Nadal as the favourite to win the French Open ahead of in-form world primary Novak Djokovic.

Nadal will bid to win at Roland Garros for a 12th time this season and Thiem says the Spaniard is ‘always the number one contender’ on the second Grand Slam of the yr.

Djokovic, who received his 15th Main at this yr’s Australian Open, will likely be assured of having fun with a productive run in Paris, significantly after profitable the Madrid Open earlier within the month.

However Thiem stated: ‘For me personally, Rafa is always going to be the number one contender, closely followed by Novak now because he’s at his greatest once more proper earlier than the French Open.

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Nadal has won 11 French Open titles
Nadal has received 11 French Open titles (Image: Getty)

‘Then there’s one other group, 4 or 5 gamers who I additionally assume can win a title nearly each week. There are a lot of gamers who can win each event.’

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Thiem, 25, has participated in much less tournaments over the previous season-and-a-half and says he wants to handle his workload as his profession continues.

‘It was tough for me to come to a big event without any matches before,’ he added. ‘I used to be form of searching for getting confidence with some smaller occasions possibly.

‘But I’m additionally far more skilled now so I can play the larger occasions additionally with out the smaller occasions earlier than.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is in fine form
World primary Novak Djokovic is in positive type (Image: Getty)

‘It doesn’t imply I’m not going to play smaller occasions. I actually love them. Nonetheless, I’m additionally getting older yearly.

‘Each single yr as a tennis participant can be so much of effort, so much of travelling, all this. I’ve to actually take care of every little thing.

‘At the end if I play, I don’t know, like final yr, 22, 23 tournaments, it’s quantity.’

Austrian star Thiem, a former French Open finalist, suffered a shock defeat to Fernando Verdasco on the Italian Open this week.

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