Nadal ‘not ob­sessed’ by 10th French Open crown

The African - - POT POURRI -

RAFAEL Nadal (pic­tured) in­sisted that cap­tur­ing a 10th French Open was not a per­sonal ob­ses­sion but the tour­na­ment where he has only lost twice since 2005 re­mains a per­sonal favourite.

The 29-year-old Nadal is a nine-time cham­pion at Roland Gar­ros where he has a 70-2 record but his grip on the ti­tle was loos­ened in 2015 in the quar­ter-fi­nals by world num­ber one No­vak Djokovic in the midst of his worst sea­son in a decade.

“It’s a spe­cial tour­na­ment for me and is al­ways a high­light on the cal­en­dar but with­out ob­ses­sion,” the world num­ber five told Cadena Ser ra­dio.

“The im­por­tant thing is that I en­joy the tour­na­ment. I’m happy when I play, I feel com­pet­i­tive against ev­ery­body and that’s what makes me happy.”

World num­ber five Nadal will not be favourite for this year’s French Open which got un­der­way on Sun­day (yes­ter­day) but he re­mains a dan­ger hav­ing won the clay­court ti­tles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona this year.

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