Rafa Nadal wins pole again for Roland Garros

Tennis and betting see Spanish as a great favorite behind Rome. "Winning Djokovic is a touchstone to go with guarantees," says his uncle, Toni Nadal.

The great victory of Rafa Nadal in Rome against the number one in the world, Novak Djokovic, cleared the dark clouds that hovered over the season of the Spanish. He came without titles to a height in which last year he had already won two (Monte Carlo and Barcelona) and with his victory he avoided reaching Roland Garros empty for the first time in his career. Although the most important thing is that Nadal regained sensations a week after the start of the French Grand Slam, for which everyone, the press, analysts, former players, rivals and bookmakers, see him again as the big favorite. "Deserves the pole position once again" , published La Gazzetta dello Sport, one of the media that broke down in praise of the nine-time champion of the Italian tournament.

Your uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, is one of the most trusts the Balearic: "I think it will be a great contribution because it is a great title and because it has defeated very dangerous rivals: Tsitsipas, with whom he had fallen in Madrid, and then Djokovic, a good touchstone to go Roland Garros with guarantees, "he said in statements to EFE.

El extenista Alex Corretja, who will comment on Eurosport Paris number two matches, goes further: " No need to win in Rome to enter as a favorite. returned to be a blow on the table facing his rivals, in case someone had any doubts. For your confidence, better impossible, and at the right time, "says the Barcelonan.

Djokovic, that is He went through his schedules at the Foro Italico ("He was not cool on his legs. I played the last three matches at night and the conditions are different "), acknowledged that Nadal is" the number one favorite, no doubt. Then the others come. " In one of the main bookmakers, Betfair, the final victory of the manacorense is paid to 2.1. and that of the Balkan, to 3.5, behind, Thiem (6), Tsitsipas (21) and Federer (23) .

Press review

L'Equipe: "Nadal, 'al dente'; is positioned "

" Rafael Nadal is positioned for Roland Garros after his victory in Rome against Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard calmed down and put the pieces of his puzzle together to become a potential winner again in Paris. "

Gazzetta dello Sport:" A Martian in the land of Rome "

" Rafa Nadal performed his ninth Roman symphony. He demonstrated his dominance on earth even in a difficult year like this, where he had not yet managed to win a tournament. He deserves once again the pole position for Roland Garros ".

Corriere dello Sport:" Rafa, king of Rome ... and go 9 "

" Insatiable Rafa Nadal: first devours Novak Djokovic, then the Cup. The Spanish repeats the success of 2018, is confirmed as the master of clay and graduates as International champion for the ninth time in his career ".

Il Messaggero:" Rafa Nadal, the ninth symphony "

" Rafa Nadal still triumphs under the sky from Rome. The Spaniard, number two in the world, beats his eternal rival Novak Djokovic and raises his joy to the capital air for the ninth time in his career in 11 finals, an active record ".

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