French Open 2020: Rafael Nadal all set to win 13th Roland Garros title, Proves Data

Rafael Nadal is on the way to add a 20th Grand Slam title to his mantle and level up with Roger Federer. The stats of French Open 2020 only prove that this will happen sooner rather than later.

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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is set to face Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals of the French Open 2020. The duo is en route to set Philippe-Chatrier court blazing on 9th October.

Nadal has made it thus far in the tournament with ease. The 19-time Grand Slam Champion hasn’t dropped a single set in his journey yet. He has only been beaten twice in his whole career on the grounds of Roland Garros. 

The Challenges That Were Posed Infront Of Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Due to the pandemic, a lot of changes have taken place at this year’s French Open. The weather is colder than usual, the balls are heavier than usual and there are only a thousand spectators in a stadium built to house manifolds of that. 

Nadal’s routine and need for control have been ample clear in the past years. All these changes at the Spaniard’s favourite Grand Slam were bombarded at him out of nowhere. 

Many questioned if he’ll be able to sustain his past dominance at French Open 2020. 

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Rafa Is Still The Favourite To Win French Open 2020 Title

Rafael Nadal

The 12-time French Open Champion has proved to the world that he is more than capable of adapting to the challenges thrown at him. The Spaniard has changed his tactics for this year’s Roland Garros.

Nadal can’t hurt his opponents with his spin due to the change of balls and weather. He has found another weapon to use from his arsenal. He is now exchanging in longer rallies and gearing to hit them out of court. 

Rally Length2017 (hot conditions)2020 (cold conditions)
0-4 Shots71%53%
5-8 Shots19%29%
9+ Shots10%18%
(Rally length Nadal was engaging in 2017 and 2020)

The changes that the Spanish Champ has brought to his game are significant. He is trying to keep rallies going with his opponents. Out of these long points, Nadal is winning the majority of those.

Rally LengthTotal PlayedTotal WonWin %
0-4 Shots28317160%
5-8 Shots16110565%
9+ Shots976365%
(Data for Round 1- Round 4 of French Open 2020)

Nadal’s chances to win only increase as rallies get longer. Trying to outplay seems like the only way to getting a hold of the match. Citing the World No.2’s current form and fitness, that seems out of the realm of possibility.

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