Nadal is favorite but not the No. 1

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Nadal is favorite but not the No. 1

Even in own ‘garden,’ he will start French Open as the No. 2
Rafael Nadal might be the No. 2 or 3 seed when the French Open draw is released today, but he’s largely considered the favorite. As seven-time major champion John McEnroe put it: “It’s pretty obvious who the favorite is.”
Since top-ranked player Nojak Djokovic has withdrawn from this year’s French Open, that leaves No. 2 Roger Federer as the No. 1 seed at this season’s second major when the draw is announced Friday before the start of Sunday’s play at Roland Garros.

Nadal is favorite but not the No. 1

Rafael Nadal might be the No. 2 or 3 seed when the French Open draw is released today, but he’s largely considered the favorite. As seven-time major champion John McEnroe put it: “It’s pretty obvious who the favorite is.”
Since top-ranked player Nojak Djokovic has withdrawn from this year’s French Open, that leaves No. 2 Roger Federer as the No. 1 seed at this season’s second major when the draw is announced Friday before the start of Sunday’s play at Roland Garros.
French Open

PARIS – A quick glance at the French Open, this season’s second Grand Slam tennis tournament:
Site: Roland Garros.
Surface: Red clay.
Schedule: The 15-day tournament will begin Sunday. The women’s singles final is June 8; the men’s singles final is June 9.
2012 Men’s Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain.
2012 Women’s Singles Champion: Maria Sharapova of Russia.
Last Year: Nadal beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 for his record seventh French Open championship and 11th Grand Slam title overall. The loss ended Djokovic’s 27-match winning streak at major tournaments and stopped his bid to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 with four consecutive Grand Slam titles. The final was interrupted by rain in the fourth set and concluded Monday, the first time since 1973 that the French Open didn’t finish on a Sunday. Sharapova defeated Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 to complete a career Grand Slam, adding to her titles at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.
Key Statistic I: 52-1. That’s Nadal’s career record at the French Open. His only loss came in 2009, against Robin Soderling in the fourth round.
Key Statistic II: 30. The number of years since a man from France (Yannick Noah, the father of current Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah) won the country’s major tennis tournament – or any Grand Slam singles title.
Prize Money: Total is about 22-million euros (about $28.4 million), an increase of nearly 18 percent from 2012, with 1.5 million euros (about $1.9 million) each to the men’s and women’s singles champions, an increase of 20 percent.

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