Will Nadal win yet another victory at the French Open this year?

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Is Nadal Still on Form to Take the French Open in 2020?

What a difficult year it has been for sport and the entertainment business on a whole, with cancellations and postponements continuing to prop up, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause issues. There is no doubt we have seen a change to normality, which could yet be the ‘new normal’.

So much more of our lives are now being pushed online, so these forms of entertainment are flourishing. You have the likes of online casinos and streaming services that have continued to see near record numbers throughout the current pandemic. The good news out of all of this is that casino players can try no deposit bonus casinos if you are a first timer – which means it is possible to play for free with the chance of winning cash. There are endless games available, that provide a great source of entertainment, from roulette games to slot games. Each have been a choice for many, with these sports cancellations and postponements remaining in place.

But this is now changing and we have continued to see improvements being made with sport after sport returning. Tennis saw many cancellations, with Wimbledon the most high profile. It meant it was cancelled for the first time since the second World war back in 1945. That was devastating news for tennis fans, as it remains the most followed tournament in the sport each year.

Prior to this, the French open had been scheduled to take place but this was moved and now has been given the ‘green light’. The new date will see the tournament starting on Sunday 20th September and finishing on Sunday 4th October. That is positive news for Roland Garros and tennis in general and there is no doubt that defending champion Rafael Nadal will be another who is very happy with the news, as he heads is as the overwhelming betting favourite to again land the title in Paris.

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However, he is set to miss his defence of the US Open title, having recently withdrawn from that competition.  This was due to the 34 year old signing up for an event in Madrid, as he is clearly putting all his preparations into a defence of his French open crown. A tournament that he has dominated in recent years.

The French open has long been dominated by the Spaniard, who is likely to go down as the greatest clay court player in history, when he retires. He is a 19 time Grand slam champion, with 12 of these coming in Paris since his first in 2005. That giving a further example of his dominance of the competition throughout his career. Nadal is currently the best priced even money favourite for the title later this year, with Djokovic and last season’s finalist Dominic Thiem heading in as his most likely challengers.

Nadal’s dominance on clay has been remarkable and he is again going to take all the beating in Paris, and does appear set to win a 13 French open title. He started his successful career in Paris by winning the competition for four years in succession between 2005 and 2008. The 2005 victory was a signal to the world, as this was his first attempt at the competition, which meant he emulated Mats Wilander from 1982, in achieving this incredible feat. At the time, he also became the youngest champion since Michael Chang in 1989. 2006, 2007 and 2008 victories all saw him defeat the great Roger Federer in each final. The 2008 one being the most impressive, as he won in straight sets and lost just our games in the process. That year he also won the competition without losing a single set, meaning he became the third player in the Open era to achieve this feat in Paris.

Nadal was surprisingly beaten for the first time in 2009, but returned by winning the following five championships in succession. The 2010 victory again saw him win the championships without losing a set. Nadal won the final at the 2013 French open with a dominant performance over countryman David Ferrer. This was a straight sets victory, and it meant he won his 59th match in the competition and surpassed the records set by Vilas and Roger Federer.

Three years followed without success, before he returned by winning his 10th French open title in 2017. That is following many injury problems, as he became the first male to win 10 singles titles at the same Grand slam event. Nadal also surpassed his best in dropping just 35 games throughout the entire tournament, as he further stamped his dominance on clay.

The following year led to further success for the Spaniard as he won his 11th title at the French open and in the process equalled Margaret Court’s all-time record.  That was a phenomenal achievement for Nadal and why he is regarded as the greatest clay court player in history. Nadal then surpassed this with yet another victory in 2019, as he beat Dominic Thiem in the final.

Nadal now heads into the 2020 tournament as the overwhelming favourite and it is no surprise looking at his achievements at the competition in recent years. It will now be a major shock if he is beaten and he will be expected to extend on his incredible record in Paris and further cement his status as the ‘King of Clay’.