Don't write off Rafael Nadal, warns Andy Murray

May 12, 2015, 07:53 IST | AFP

Paris: Andy Murray insists it would be a mistake to write off Rafael Nadal as a clay court force and expects the Spaniard to still be favourite for a 10th French Open.

Andy Murray celebrates his Madrid Open title. Pic/Getty Images
Andy Murray celebrates his Madrid Open title. Pic/Getty Images 

"I think there were periods of the match where he played like he usually does, but there were also periods where he made more mistakes," said Murray, who had never won a clay court crown before his victory in Munich last Monday.

"On that court (in Paris) he has only ever lost one match, so when the French Open comes round he'll be one of the favourites. It is maybe closer than it's been in previous years, but I wouldn't write him off.

"He showed enough this week to suggest that with two good weeks of work and good results in Rome (at next week's Italian Open), he can go all the way at Roland Garros."

Kuznetsova returns to top 20

Russia's two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova has returned to the WTA Top 20 yesterday after her run to the final of the Madrid Open at the weekend.

The 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open winner jumped 11 places to number 18 after finishing runner-up to Czech Petra Kvitova in the Spanish claycourt tournament.

American Serena Williams continues to dominate the women's rankings (10,156 points) ahead of Romanian Simona Halep (7,115) and Maria Sharapova (6,915).

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