The coronation ceremonies might have to be rescheduled and Roger Federer may not be the one to wear the Wimbledon Crown, as Rafael Nadal is back with a vengeance and continues to win at an impressive rate.
Rafa would freely admit that the lawns at the All England Tennis Club are not his favourite surface, but the world’s current number one ranked player cold play on hot coals and stand every chance of winning, even if he was playing barefooted.
Nadal has won Wimbledon twice and lacks only one Australian Open victory in order to claim two career grand slams. He beat Federer for the Australian Open title in 2009, so he obviously has the game to beat Federer on any surface.
Federer will not be playing in the French Open and it would appear as though Nadal is peaking at just the right time to notch an unprecedented 11th French Open victory. He is just 31 years of age and he might already have had that second Australian Open and two more French Opens in the bag were it not for the fact that he missed a lot of time in 2016 and 2017 with injuries.
Nadal recently won in Barcelona to record his 10th win in 11 ATP Tour matches this season.
Nadal and Federer are staging a seesaw battle for the number one ranking and Nadal needs to win the title in Barcelona to stay on top. It would be the 11th time he has won on his native ground, which is an ominous numerical portent for the French Open.
He is called the King of Clay for good reason. He has not lost a set on clay over the past 38 times he has played on the surface and he has won 32 of his last 33 matches on clay. He currently has a winning streak of 15 going and unless a clay phenom emerges, Nadal’s record on clay could become borderline obscene in the next several years.