Despite Roger Federer’s fantastic start of 2017 winning the Australian Open and Indian Wells, Rafael Nadal still says that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the top players.
Both Djokovic and Murray have combined to reach just one final, and that was when they played each other in Doha at the start of the year. Since then, it’s been upset after upset. But Nadal points out, it’s still very early in the season.
“We have nine Masters 1000s, we only played one,” Nadal reminded the press Friday. “We have four Grand Slams, we only played one. We have a lot of 500 tournaments, we only played couple of them. So it’s true that Roger start unbelievable and that’s great. Is true that probably Andy and Novak didn’t start as well as they did last couple of years.
“But in my opinion, they are probably favorites because they have been there for the last couple of years playing more consistently than what we did. So it’s very early.”
Nadal, himself, has enjoyed a fine start so he too is in the mix for a top finish.
“I feel that I am playing well. I can talk about myself,” he said. “Just let’s see what happens here, and let’s see what happens especially for me after this tournament that I have five tournaments that probably – not the most important of the year, but one of the most important.”
After beating the rain and Dudi Sela yesterday, Nadal resumes his bid for a first Miami title Sunday against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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