Can Rafael Nadal defend his title in Paris?
Blessed with one of the most unpredictable clay-court seasons in recent years, the Roland Garros in 2014 will witness Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer slug it out in the dirts of Paris. Besides the dominating trio, the Slam will also see the likes of Andy Murray, Stanlinas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer, Milas Raonic, etc., fighting for a rare shot at glory. The line-up can easily throw up a new champion and hosts of other contenders, but tennis is still about the holy trinity of Roger-Rafa-Djoker. Yes, the order is how one perceived.
To start with, French Open is synonymous with Rafael Nadal. His wristy shots and heavy topspins are still the most lethal combo in the business. And with a renewed vigour, no one would like to take on the Spanaird. It`s safe to assume that, his record eight titles in Paris, will ever be broken. But, his form is yet to peak. He suffered quarter-final exits in two tours he has dominated, in the run-up to the Open. So the question is -- will he peak at the right moment to defend the title for the fifth in succession?
Roger, who was lucky to win the title during the Rafa interlude in 2009, can still start the tournament as one of the favourites, thanks to the mastery and the class he possesses. Having habituated with a heavier racquet, this time, the Swiss Maestro will like to prove the detractors wrong with one final swing at the Garros. For his fans, he did reach Monte Carlo final.
For Nole, the card looked in his favour, but a wrist injury has seemingly dampens the spirit in the Serbian camp. Along with the emotional turmoil of Serbian flood, his preparations have certainly been not the best. But, nobody discount the Djoker.
In women`s section, Serena Williams is still competing. And it pretty much sums-up the story. Unless, her self-inflicted troubles or injuries, there is no player who can stop the American. Like the previous seasons, her main opponent will be Maria Sharapova. But, the diminutive Chinese in Li Na can out-last either of these pin-up girls, considering the slowness of the pitch, err court. Because, French Open is more about discipline and also about true grit.
So, the big debate is can Rafa defend his respective title in Paris?
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