Rafa Nadal, Roland Garros 2017
Rafael Nadal’s road to the final

Rafa only lost 29 games en route to his 22nd Grand Slam final. Nadal, aiming to be the first man to ever win a Grand Slam title 10 times, has a perfect 9-0 record in his previous nine appearances in the Roland Garros final.

I have been playing a great event. But Stan is playing unbelievable, no? It will be a super hard final and I will need to play at my very best.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Benoît Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1
R2 Robin Haase 6-1 6-4 6-3
R3 Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0
R4 Roberto Bautista Agut [17] 6-1 6-2 6-2
QF Pablo Carreno Busta [20] 6-2 2-0 ret.
SF Dominic Thiem [6] 6-3 6-4 6-0
Stan Wawrinka’s road to the final

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Tous droits réservés G. Chazalon

Wawrinka didn’t dropped a set in his first five matches but was pushed to five sets by Andy Murray in the semies. With a win on Sunday he will become the oldest champion in Paris since 34-year-old Andres Gimeno in 1972 and will be only the third man in the Open era, after Laver and Rosewall, to win three or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30.

I think to play Rafa on clay in French Open in a final is probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis. He’s the best player ever on clay.No one will go on the court thinking he has no pressure. We both want to win the title, and we both gonna give it all on the court.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Jozef Kovalik 6-2 7-6 6-3
R2 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 7-6 7-5
R3 Fabio Fognini [28] 7-6 6-0 6-2
R4 Gaël Monfils [15] 7-5 7-6 6-2
QF Marin Cilic [7] 6-3 6-3 6-1
SF Andy Murray [1] 6-7 6-3 5-7 7-6 6-1

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Rafa Nadal, Roland Garros 2017

Lots of people to watch Rafa‘s training session on court number 1 yesterday. He appeared a bit grumpy, seemed frustrated by his forehand and talked quite a bit with Carlos Moya after practice. He then spent a good 10 minutes signing autographs before being interviewed on court. Rafa will debut his quest for a 10th Roland Garros title tomorrow against Benoit Paire on court Suzanne Lenglen.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 2017 outfit

9-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal will make his debut tomorrow against Benoit Paire. Some pics of the outfit and shoes he will be wearing on the Parisian clay courts:

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 2017 outfit

Rafa’s signature shoe, the NikeCourt Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Legend:

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros shoes

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Rafael Nadal Roland Garros shoes

Dominant on clay, Rafa won a 10th Monte Carlo title, a 10th Barcelona title and will chase a 10th Roland Garros crown. He will hit the courts wearing his signature shoe, the NikeCourt Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Legend.

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros shoes

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros shoes

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros shoes

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros shoes

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros shoes

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros shoes

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Nadal, Barcelone 2017

Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev on the men’s side, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Kristina Mladenovic on the women’s side have dominated the clay court season; while world number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber appeared in big trouble. Here’s our recap of who won what.

Men

Marrakech: Borna Coric

Runner-up in Marrakech last year, Borna Coric came back from the brink, saved 5 match points to overcome Philip Kohlschreiber and capture his maiden ATP title.

Monte Carlo: Rafael Nadal

Rafa‘s reign in Monte Carlo continues: he defeated fellow Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas, who stunned Andy Murray en route to his maiden Masters 1000 final. With that victory, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a tournament, and the first to win 50 clay-court titless, surpassing Guillermo Vilas (49).


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