Simon Reed

It’s inconceivable that Nadal won’t win French

Simon Reed

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Rafael Nadal's form during this clay-court season has been absolutely frightening, and I cannot see anyone beating him at Roland Garros.

The world number two overcame a valiant resistance from Spanish compatriot David Ferrer to prevail at ATP Barcelona, and he has since claimed a staggering 49th career title.

Nadal has also won 35 crowns on his favourite surface and, given the fact that he won the French Open last year in relatively poor form and condition by his incredibly high standards, it seems pretty inconceivable at present that he could be beaten this time around.

Of course, Novak Djokovic will make sure that he has his say at Roland Garros, but I cannot see past Nadal and it would take a very brave person to bet against the 'King of Clay'.

The final in Barcelona marked 10 years to the day since Nadal made his World Tour debut, and what an incredible career he has already had.

The Spaniard captured a record sixth title in Rome as he returned to the second spot in the world rankings, and his straight-sets victory over Djokovic was very telling.

Nadal's victory in the Rome final saw him regain the crown and clinch his second win in a row over Djokovic — the last being in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters after seven straight losses to the Serb.

There is no doubt that Nadal is bristling with confidence right now and that he has the edge over his great rival — the current world number one.

I would love to say that any of the top players could win the title at Roland Garros as that is good for the game, but I honestly cannot see past Nadal yet again.

To have a 45-1 record at the venue is truly staggering, and the way that he has performed so far in this clay-court season provides no ammunition for anyone who believes he may falter this year.

What is all the more remarkable about Nadal is the way that he retains his hunger to constantly sweep aside all before him at the French Open on such a tough, gruelling surface to play on.

Can I see an upset such as the one Robin Soderling inflicted back in 2009? The answer, quite simply, has to be no.

There is always the faint possibility that a performer with as much power as Soderling could spring a surprise, but Nadal's focus and attention to detail is such that he very rarely has days where he is off colour.

As for Djokovic, well I see him progressing to the final stages of course, but I do not think that he will usurp Nadal at the tournament that he has won six times.

The Serb will always be a real threat, and it will be very interesting to see who challenges Nadal with Andy Murray, Roger Federer and David Ferrer among the other true contenders.

As much as I predicted that Serena Williams will win the French Open on the women's side, I have a similar confidence that Nadal will prevail on the men's side.

Federer and Djokovic will go down as legends of the game, but neither can challenge Nadal on his treasured red clay.

The Spaniard will again be victorious at Roland Garros to record a famous seventh title.

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