Juan Carlos Ferrero and Guillermo Garcia Lopez were in full praise for their fellow Spaniard in a recent interview to Las Provincias. The duo had a discussion on the Nadal’s achievements at Roland Garros which they believed were incredible and very difficult to match.
Rafael Nadal won his 13th French Open title after defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final. With his victory, the Spaniard leveled Federer’s record of 20 majors and moved 3 clear of his rival, Novak Djokovic.
Tennis players have lauded the Spanaird’s achievements and poured in their congratulatory messages. Iga Swiatek, French Open 2020 Women’s singles champion also revealed her admiration for Nadal and praised his determination to the game of tennis. Similary, Juan Carlos Ferrero, former French Open champion and Guillermo Garcia Lopez also were in full awe of Nadal’s achievements.
Juan Carlos Ferrero believes Nadal will win more titles
Juan Carlos Ferrero believed that Rafael Nadal will continue to win at the French Open and backed his compatriot to win not only in Paris but also at other tournaments. Ferrero said, “With Rafa it is difficult to predict the number. He has no ceiling at Roland Garros, he has no rivals and as long as he remains physically at his current level he will have chances, in this and other tournaments.”
The former World number one and French Open champion in 2003, Ferrero gave his views on why Nadal is so lethal on clay courts and attributed his success to his defending style. “He has a lot of depth and he is very comfortable on courts like that to be able to defend as he wants,” Ferrero added. “Something very great has been created around Rafa in Paris, obviously he has something that makes him play well all the time.”
Ferrero, had played Rafael Nadal 9 times on tour, defeating him on just 2 occasions. The 40 year old had some advice for Rafael Nadal on how he could improve his game in the coming year. “He can Try to shorten the points, play more on the court and the serve has evolved,” Ferrero said. “At these levels, the improvements are very small, but he will work to have on that next year.”
Garcia Lopez believes it is impossible to replicate Rafael Nadal’ achievement in Paris
Guillermo Garcia Lopez who is currently ranked 216th in the world believed that it was impossible for anyone to replicate what Rafael Nadal has achieved in Paris. He praised Nadal for winning his 13th French Open title even though the odds were stacked against him, owing to cooler conditions and new and lighter Wilson balls.
“They say it in the news, that it is impressive, but if you stop to analyze it well ,Sergi Bruguera won it twice, Ferrero once and Carlos Moya another…I don’t know if we are aware of the magnitude of what he has done, nor if another player will be able to repeat it in another Grand Slam,” Garcia Lopez said. “Especially at Roland Garros…He must feel very comfortable on that court. This year the conditions did not favor him, or the other players but he has been able to move the ball more than anyone.”