Can Rafael Nadal even his championship record with an eighth win at the French Open? After sitting out seven months with a knee injury?
Andy Murray thinks so.
According to the UK’s Daily Record the Scot believes his experience on clay courts will be his key to getting back to the top.
He said, “On clay he was quite far ahead of the rest of the pack. So when he came back, even though his level maybe dropped a bit, once he starts to play more and more matches he’s going to get up to that level.”
Murray could be right, but is slightly off the mark when it comes to “that level”.
Nadal is ramping up his clay-court dominance with a recent win at the Italian Open, beating Federer 6-1, 6-3. He also won the Madrid Open, beating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4.
And for the record, he’s been on fire since returning from his injury, reaching the finals in all his tournaments this year.
So will Nadal’s knee injury be a factor? Last month he wouldn’t even talk about it.
This month, he’s been a little more forthcoming. Xinhua reported earlier this month that Nadal admitted some trouble with the knee, and said, “Sometimes I feel more and sometimes I feel less. Sometimes I have pain. Since the first day, sometimes it’s complicated.”
It’s always complicated with Nadal…
Here are highlights of Nadal’s master-class performance in Rome: