Nadal so close to Grand Slam record he can almost touch it
Few obstacles lie between Nadal, a 14th French Open title and a record 21st Major
Rafa Nadal has already hoisted the French Open trophy a jaw-dropping 13 times and with the tantalising prospect of increasing his Grand Slam haul to 21 — thus becoming the most successful player in men’s tennis — it is difficult to see anyone stopping him in Paris.
The Mallorcan will turn 35 during the tournament but shows little sign of slowing down. By triumphing in Barcelona and Rome for a 12th and 10th time respectively, he won two of the four tournaments he had entered in the run-up to the clay court Major.
Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev may have comfortably beaten Nadal in Monte Carlo and Madrid respectively, but as anyone who has encountered Nadal at Roland Garros knows, beating the Spaniard in a best-of-five-set clay court match is the ultimate challenge in tennis...