Player Profiles

(1) Rafael Nadal

  • DOB: 03/06/1986
  • Nationality: ESP
  • Became Pro: 2001
  • Height: 1.85
Rafael Nadal - five-time winner in Paris.

Player Profile

The defending champion will bid to equal Bjorn Borg's record of six French Open titles this year.

Nadal has truly earned his 'king of clay' tag by winning at Roland Garros in five of the past six seasons. Indeed he has only ever lost one match at the venue - his 2009 last-16 clash with Robin Soderling.

On two occasions, including last year, he has won the event without even dropping a set.

However, many expect Nadal not to have things so easy on his favourite claycourts in 2011.

Novak Djokovic's stunning form has, to an extent, put Nadal in the shade.

The Serb beat Nadal in the finals in Indian Wells and Miami and, more worringly for the Spaniard, then ended his two-year unbeaten run on clay with victories in Madrid and Rome.

Nadal will still likely start as the favourite at Roland Garros, a venue he's made his second home, but it's far from a foregone conclusion this year.

Ten-year Grand Slam History

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Murray: Pleased with his French Open progress so far Murray: Pleased with his French Open progress so far Rafael Nadal - five-time winner in Paris. Novak Djokovic - flying start to 2011. Roger Federer - has struggled against the top two in 2011. Andy Murray - solid from the back of the court. Robin Soderling - runner-up the last two years. Tomas Berdych - can let his head go down. David Ferrer - winner in Acapulco on clay this season. Jurgen Melzer - semi-finalist last season. Gael Monfils - health concerns. Mardy Fish - not a great record on clay. Andy Roddick - poor form. Nicolas Almagro - outside chance at Roland Garros. Mikhail Youzhny - stuttering season so far. Richard Gasquet - flamboyant Frenchman.
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Experts & Blogs

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State of play

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Bob's 2010 dazzlers

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