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‘Rafael Nadal’s going to be the favorite’, says expert

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Right now, every major tournament that is held on a hard court, has in the Russian Daniil Medvedev one of his rivals to beat. The Russian tennis player managed to conquer the ATP 500 in Rotterdam, lifting the 15th title of his career on his favorite surface.

In this way, he equaled the fifth place among the active players with the most championships won on hard court. With 15 tournament wins he equaled the record of Croatian veteran Marin Cilic. Subsequently, the third place among the players who remain on the tour is occupied by the Spanish Rafael Nadal with 25 titles on hard court, even though it is far from being his favorite surface.

In second place, although he has not won any in recent years, remains the British Andy Murray with 34 awards in tournaments held on hard courts. High up, in first place, no other could appear than the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who so far has posted 67.

Right now it seems like an impossible mission that someone can get close to the number of ‘Nole’ and more so taking into account that at the rate it is going, that number will still increase in the coming years, or is what logic indicates.

This is a record that Daniil Medvedev will undoubtedly be improving in the coming years, where he will try to consolidate himself as the second best in the world on hard court, although no one guarantees him that he will be able to match the records of Nadal and Murray himself.

Let’s not even talk about Djokovic. How many titles do you think the Russian tennis player can win in the 2023 season?

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Mary Joe Fernandez picked Rafael Nadal as the perpetual favorite at the Roland Garros championship.

“If Rafa’s healthy, I’m still going to say Rafa,” the former World No.4 said. “Someone who wins the tournament 14 times, to me is the favorite every time they play, even if they haven’t played all year,” the American said. “Until he stops playing he’s going to be the favorite,” she claimed.

Fans are wondering whether Rafa Nadal will play the Miami Open or not. The 36-year-old from Manacor hasn’t traveled to Florida since 2017, when the tournament was still held in Key Biscayne. Crossing the Atlantic to contest a single hard-court event after an eight-week break doesn’t seem to make much sense.

Pending official confirmation, the most probable scenario is that Nadal recharges his batteries to get to Monte Carlo in the best possible way. His big goal is obviously Roland Garros, where he will go on the hunt for his 15th career seal.

The Iberian was hooked by Novak Djokovic at 22 Grand Slams, after the Serbian won his tenth Australian Open.

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