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Nadal favored, but not seeded No. 1 at French Open

 Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Friday, ...
 Serena Williams, of the United States, right, flanked by  Belarus' Victoria Azarenka poses with the trophy after winning her final match at the Itali...
 Roger Federer of Switzerland loses his tennis racket during the final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal,  at the Italian Open tennis tournament in R...
 Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, greets Roger Federer of Switzerland at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunda...
 Serena Williams, of the United States, poses with the trophy after winning her final match against Belarus' Victoria Azarenka at the Italian Open ten...

Italian Open Tennis

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Friday, ...

Italian Open Tennis

Serena Williams, of the United States, right, flanked by Belarus' Victoria Azarenka poses with the trophy after winning her final match at the Itali...

APTOPIX Italian Open Tennis

Roger Federer of Switzerland loses his tennis racket during the final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in R...

APTOPIX Italian Open Tennis

Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, greets Roger Federer of Switzerland at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Sunda...

Italian Open Tennis

Serena Williams, of the United States, poses with the trophy after winning her final match against Belarus' Victoria Azarenka at the Italian Open ten...

Rafael Nadal's sustained excellence on clay and Serena Williams' current winning streak mean little thought is being given to the sort of surprises the French Open used to produce regularly.
Nadal already owns a record seven titles at Roland Garros. Plus, he's been nearly perfect after seven months off the tour because of a left knee injury: Since returning in February, Nadal is 36-2 with six titles.
And yet he will not be seeded No. 1 when the draw is held Friday. That's because the French Open decided to strictly follow the rankings, and Nadal lost points while he was away.
Williams, meanwhile, has won 24 matches in a row and is 67-3 since a first-round loss in Paris a year ago.
The tournament begins Sunday.


Updated : 2021-03-03 07:06 GMT+08:00