Rafael Nadal needs to become the sole holder of the record for Roland Garros titles; He needs to move up the all-time Grand Slam charts, making it to 11, five less than Federer; He needs to stop Novak Djokovic’s streak of Grand Slam titles. He needs to win the 2012 French Open, in 8 words. More
Six days before the Roland Garros begins. A year ago, Rafael Nadal came in as the World’s number one player but after a loss to Roger Federer in the Madrid final. Nadal was stunned early on by Soderling while Federer finally captured his white whale. This year? Federer is way off his mark although still holds the number one spot. Nadal? Still hasn’t lost on clay this season, looking ready to continue his Paris domination. As a historical and statistical preview – here are the men who have won at Paris more than once, the true greats of the Paris clay courts. More
Besides Novak Djokovic winning the Australian Open in 2008, it seems the Slams in the past few years have belonged almost completely to Roger Federer and, more and more, Rafael Nadal—but not much besides those two.
Federer’s decline seems much more obvious this year, while Nadal, although winning three out of the last four grand slams, seems beatable off the clay, if he’s played correctly. Things seem a bit more open, and more players can join the chase for the big titles, even those who haven’t won one in their career.
Here’s my list of the best six players today without a Slam title and their future chances of winning one. More