There is no dispute that Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are the clear-cut favorites to win the French Open.
Rafa has won his last 15 matches and has seven French Open titles. Serena is riding a career best 24-match win streak as she seeks a second crown in Paris.
The case for Rafa:
- He is the King of Clay!
- 52-1 in Paris with 7 titles
- Has reached the finals in all eight events played this year, and the French is his favorite
- No player in the draw has beaten Nadal on clay in best-of-5
- Serena’s not a natural on clay
- Serena’s hasn’t won in Paris since 2002!
The case for Serena:
- On a 24-match win streak
- Angry over first round loss to Razzano last year
- Only competition is Sharapova and we know that head-to-head!
- Rafa just lost to rival Djokovic the last time they played on clay, Serena’s pummeled her rivals
- No real health issues while Rafa’s knees could flare up at any moment
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