Rafael Nadal will look to proceed his Paris love affair when he begins the defence of his French Open title and his quest for a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam in opposition to Belarusian Egor Gerasimov on Monday.
Nadal wants seven victories to convey up a century of wins at Roland Garros and acquire a record-extending 13th title however the Spaniard is aware of he’ll face unprecedented checks over the subsequent two weeks hitting an unfamiliar heavy ball within the biting chilly.
“Conditions here probably are the most difficult for me ever in Roland Garros for so many different facts,” Nadal, seeded second behind world primary Novak Djokovic, informed reporters.
“I`m just staying positive knowing that the conditions are not perfect for me — maybe not perfect for others, either — and (accepting) that I am going to need my best version to have a chance.”
Another main problem for Nadal could also be his lack of match apply, having performed simply three matches on clay because the 2019 French Open.
The Spaniard was removed from his finest in Rome as he suffered a shock quarter-final defeat to Diego Schwartzman final week, with chilly situations once more taking part in an important function.
The new retractable roof on Court Philippe Chatrier may supply some respite for Nadal if climate situations turn into too dangerous.
The 34-year-old, nevertheless, would nonetheless begin as an awesome favorite in any situations in opposition to Gerasimov, who’s making his fundamental draw debut at Roland Garros.
“The preparations have been less than usual,” Nadal stated. “But you know what? I am here to fight and to play with the highest intensity possible, to practice with the right attitude, to give (myself) a chance. That`s the main goal for me.”