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French Open up 2022: Rafael Nadal will rule but once more, predicts India star Purav Raja

The run-up to the French Open up offered a mixed image. Nadal dropped in Madrid and Rome although Djokovic redeemed himself at the Italian Open while the story of the season was Carlos Alcaraz, who gained at Madrid.

But India’s tennis participant Purav Raja has not been wavered by the occasion of those big months. Purav claims French Open up, starting on Sunday (May possibly 22) at Roland Garros, will have only one particular winner – Nadal.

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“Rafa (Rafael Nadal) is even now my favorite. And of study course Novak (Djokovic) too. This year’s French Open up is gonna be unique with all the supporters getting back again. Nadal just loves actively playing in front of people packed crowd.

Of course there’ll be great deal more power when you enjoy in entrance of a complete house, particularly when it goes to the fifth established and on and the group cheers them on,” Raja advised a group of invited journalists in a digital media conversation organised by Sony Sporting activities Community, who have the formal broadcast rights of French Open up 2022 in India.

The 36-12 months-previous thinks if Nadal wins on the Parisian clay this time, the GOAT debate will get a new dimension.

At this time the Spaniard tops the Grand Slam collection with 21 titles, adopted by Djokovic and Roger Federer, who both have 20 crowns apiece.

“If Nadal wins two additional Slams this calendar year it will be interesting. I hope Roger (Federer) arrives back and provides to his tally. I’m not heading to sit on who is the GOAT. But I would somewhat say that at the time the occupation of all these gamers are above, Djokovic will surely conclusion up with more Grand Slam titles.” he claimed.

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Alcaraz is already currently being spoken about as the up coming large point in ATP tennis soon after his current operate of kind, which observed him defeat the two Nadal and Djokovic en route to the Madrid Open title.

Although hailing Alcaraz for his fantastic exhibit, Raja reported the Spaniard was destined for significant things in future.

“He’s obtained the temperament to gain a Grand Slam. The form of general performance he is putting up at the age of at 19, I just can not even visualize accomplishing it at 36. To beat Novak and Rafa in the exact tournament, receiving past them in deciders, breaking the serves … all that’s a phenomenal accomplishment,” extra Raja, who will be a single of the panelists on Sports activities Sports activities Network’s flagship show Added Serve during the French Open up.

Purav Raja

Purav Raja has backed Rafael Nadal for the title.

Talking about the women’s draw at Roland Garros, Raja said it was a difficult to predict.

“Iga (Swiatek) has previously been there in the winners’ circle at the time. But she won when no person anticipated her to win and was languishing at considerably less than 50 in WTA rankings. Now Iga is a a great deal-improved player. Barbara (Krejcicova) and Emma (Raducanu) are also there in the combine and it really is a quite aggressive area,” he additional.

Ahead of signing off, Raja sought to length himself from the political row surrounding Russia invading Ukraine.

The political stand-off has spilled to the baseline – when French Open up has permitted Russian players to compete, Wimbledon has issued a blanket ban on Russians, a go that has drawn flak from lots of quarters.

“I never want to be drawn into this political fight. I am not an qualified on these points. Irrespective of whether French Open up organisers have taken the right choice or no matter if Wimbledon has taken the improper conclusion, individuals form an view depending on which side of the fence you are. I won’t be able to say everything about it. Every single unique is entitled to his individual belief.

If I keep in mind properly, Wimbledon experienced banned the players for the apartheid concern in 1972. And don’t forget throughout the first outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), it was Wimbledon who paid out the players the complete money with no even hitting ball.”

Whilst ruing the point that no Indian player is now in the top 100 of ATP ranking, Raja was searching at the much larger photo.

“Agreed if you happen to be a very good cricket participant you should be playing for your nationwide group. If you happen to be a first rate soccer player, you should be participating in in the Leading League. In tennis, if you are not in the best-100, then you are nowhere. Just can not assistance it.

But just do not forget the reality that there’re many Indian gamers who’ve nevertheless performed 15 Grad Slams. We’re the miracles of system. We’ve fought really hard and broke the shackles. So you’ve got to glance at the positives as very well,” Raja concluded.



Observe Roland-Garros 2022 Live from Might 22 to June 5 on SONY 6, SONY Ten 2 (English), SONY 10 3 (Hindi) and SONY 10 4 (Tamil & Telugu) channels.

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