Nadal happy to ‘suffer’ in pursuit of 11th French Open

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 May 2018 10:36:31


PARIS,

(AFP),

RAFAEL Nadal said on Friday he is happy to “suffer” as he chases an 11th French Open title.The top seed is the overwhelming favourite to lift a 17th career major at Roland Garros after claiming his 11th titles on clay in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona this spring as well as an eighth trophy in Rome.“In the end, sport is about trying to give the best of yourself,” said the 31-year-old.

“The sensations of matches of three or four hours, played at the limit and thinking about the next point, these are beautiful moments.“It is to suffer but also to appreciate the moment you are living in. If you are suffering you know how to value it, how to enjoy it.” With Roger Federer and Andy Murray not playing at the French Open, which starts on Sunday, Nadal is the short-odds favourite to win a tournament where his overall record stands at an astonishing 79 wins and just two losses. His expected stranglehold has been further tightened by former champions Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka attempting to regroup after long-term injuries.

Serena, Venus get doubles wildcard

SERENA and Venus Williams were handed a wild card into the French Open women’s doubles as the American sisters seek to add a third Roland Garros title to their triumphs in 1999 and 2010.They have won 14 Grand Slam doubles as a team but since their last win together in Paris they have only featured on two further occasions at the tournament, losing in the first round in 2013 and the third round in 2016. Serena, a three-time singles champion at the French Open, will be playing in her first Grand Slam tournament since winning the Australian Open in 2017 after which she stepped off the tour to give birth to her daughter in September.