Novak Djokovic is the runaway world No. 1, but the Serb says when it comes to clay there’s only one man to beat. And that man is Rafael Nadal who enters Madrid on a blazing hot 10-match win streak after titles last month in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
“I think Rafa is everybody’s main rival on clay courts because of his history on this surface and the results that he had throughout his career that deservedly put him as always I think one of the top or probably the top favorites on any clay court event as a matter of fact,” Djokovic said.
“Of course, he did not have 2015 clay court season the way we used to see him play on a very high level. It was not up to his standard. This year he’s showing already much higher quality of tennis and performance. He really played terrific both in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona.
“I’m sure he’s very motivated to do well here in Madrid and continue to do well on his favorite surface. He’s definitely the player to beat.”
Djokovic leads Nadal 25-23 winning the last six and 13 straight sets including a drubbing last year in the French Open quarterfinals.
Later this month, Djokovic resumes his quest for a first French Open title. The 2011 champion plays Wednesday in Madrid against either Nicolas Almagro or Borna Coric.
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