Nadal - It is good for the tournament that Federer is back

Ruben Hill
May 26, 2019

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves the ball to Borna Cedric of Croatia at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Defending champion Simona Halep (4-1) is favored to repeat, while Naomi Osaka (10-1), who's won the past two Grand Slam titles, will also be in heavy pursuit of her first French Open title. Though she has yet to make it beyond the third round, she is improving on clay all the time, reaching the semifinals in Stuttgart and the quarters in Madrid and Rome prior to her hand injury.

The sarcasm was obvious.

Spain's Rafael Nadal has dismissed the suggestion that he is favourite to win the second Grand Slam of the year as a media fabrication. "She has a much better chance than her French Open odds indicate", Mair said. For me obviously it's about playing well at all the big moments.

"I really feel like playing under the pressure and playing with the nerves was important for me so I feel totally ready".

There's change all around the grounds of the French Open.

The centre court, Philippe Chatrier, has been 80 per cent rebuilt, with a roof to be added for next year's tournament, while a new third court has been built in the neighbouring botanic gardens surrounded by greenhouses.

She still made headlines in Paris by wearing an all-black bodysuit which has now been banned by Roland Garros officials. That arena's debut match features 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza against 96th-ranked Taylor Townsend of the United States.

In an interview to Le Figaro, Roger Federer recalled his first French Open appearance which is dated back to 1999. His 20 Grand Slam singles titles include one from France, exactly a decade ago. "That's my focus right now", he said. The 17-time Grand Slam victor was not discouraged by his early season form as he worked his way back to his best after injury. Williams is to face Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round Monday.

"If you're talking about longer goals, of course I haven't won Wimbledon yet and it would be really cool to win everything in one year".

'I think I have been able to train hard enough and also got the necessary tough matches in Madrid and Rome, more than I would have liked to, but I guess we like saving match points or trying to lose with match points, ' said Federer, whose last title on clay came in Istanbul in 2015. "I wanted to peak in this tournament". Nadal is 86-2 at the French Open. "This is the tournament that I was preparing for, so to say, for last couple of months".

With three seeded players under age 20 - No. 20 Denis Shapovalov, No. 25 Felix Auger-Aliassime and No. 22 Bianca Andreescu - Canada is expected to be a major player on the tennis scene for years. Other players who are missing, and with well-documented injuries, include Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Kevin Anderson and John Isner.

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