Novak Djokovic has claimed that beating Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros is the ultimate challenge in tennis.
Nadal is in the range of 400 clay court matches won and counting. The clay-court season that begins in earnest this week and picks up steam as it moves through Europe in the coming weeks — culminating in the French Open in late May/early June — promises to be both intriguing and unpredictable.
The Spaniard is defending champion and he owns the record for most wins at the Masters 1000 tournaments(33), largely because the “King of Clay” has played with otherworldly consistency at the clay Masters Events.
“Beating Rafa in Roland Garros would be and is one of the ultimate challenges of this sport, as is winning against Roger (Federer) in Wimbledon,” said Djokovic.
“I have been fortunate enough to experience both, so it is quite a special feeling because they have dominated those surfaces so much in their careers.”