Nadal calls Djokovic favorite at Roland Garros

by: TENNIS.com May 15, 2011

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After losing to Novak Djokovic for the fourth time this season in the Rome final, Rafael Nadal calls the Serb the favorite at Roland Garros. Nadal has won the French Open five times and is the defending champion, but Djokovic just beat him in back-to-back finals on clay, in Madrid and Rome. "He's playing the best right now," No. 1 Nadal said. "In the last few months he's been at a different level. He's doing amazing things. He's playing with a lot of confidence. I'm the second in the race. My goal is to be there the next time."

Djokovic disagreed, even though he is undefeated in 2011. "Let's get one thing straight—he's still the king of clay," Djokovic said. "He's the best person ever on these courts. Winning twice in the last week is a great achievement and gives me confidence coming up to France but he has been so dominant over the years."

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