Rafael Nadal still sees Novak Djokovic as main contender amid pretenders

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The French Open champion steadfastly sees Serbian as ‘one of the candidates to win’ despite Djokovic’s struggles with injury

As much as there is an inclination in some quarters to park Novak Djokovic in the past, given his slow recovery from injury, the rival who has played him most, Rafael Nadal, refuses to join the clamour.

While the sans-culottes might be baying at the castle walls in Paris – Kyle Edmund and Cam Norrie under the British flag, alongside Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov, Dominic Thiem, a wounded Nick Kyrgios and a handful of others – there is no strong evidence to suggest the 117th staging of the French Open will witness the total collapse of the ancient regime.

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Roland Garros
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/25/rafael-nadal-french-open-roland-garros-novak-djokovic under the title “Rafael Nadal still sees Novak Djokovic as main contender amid pretenders”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.