Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Novak Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the third time. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Tennis: Nadal not up to usual standards heading to Paris
By HOWARD FENDRICH
| The Associated Press
First Published May 22 2014 10:27 am • Last Updated May 22 2014 11:13 pm
Paris • For once, not everything seems so obvious heading into the French Open.
Yes, Rafael Nadal will still be favored by most to win the clay-court Grand Slam tournament yet again. He is, after all, 59-1 for his career at Roland Garros, winner of a record eight championships, including the last four.
Still, if the 2014 tennis season to date is any indication, there could be some surprises in store when play begins in Paris on Sunday. So far, there already was one new major champion, Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open. And there has been a rather egalitarian feel to the spring clay circuit, with nine winners at nine tournaments.
Then there’s this: Nadal’s three losses on clay are the most he’s had in a season since 2004.
Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
About Reader Comments
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account
. See more about comments here.