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John McEnroe: Serena, Nadal have to have off days to not win the French Open

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John McEnroe: Serena, Nadal have to have off days to not win the French Open
Former Wimbledon champion and all time great John McEnroe believes that compatriot Serena Williams and reigning champion Rafael Nadal are the hands down favourites at the upcoming French Open in Paris.

Tennis legend and expert John McEnroe believes that both Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will have to beat themselves to not win the title at Roland Garros. The American has full confidence in the duo, and says that only an off day can result in someone else winning the title a couple of weeks from now.

The two captured titles in Madrid and then again in Rome, reaffirming their ‘favourite’ tags. Having said that however, McEnroe did not rule out an upset.

"I mean it's been done before," McEnroe said of heavy favorites riding incredible hot streaks entering a major. "I've done it myself, but you sort of have to beat yourself. The level (Serena's) at when she's playing well, I don't think anybody can beat her. Anybody, no matter great they are, everybody has bad days."

Talking about Nadal, the American said:

"Unless something happens that's unforeseen, it would be pretty hard-pressed to make an argument for anyone other than (Novak) Djokovic to beat him," McEnroe said. "It's similar to Serena. It's possible because maybe mentally he'll have a slight letdown because he's won it so many times, and maybe there will be that day where he has that off day."

Nadal has lost just two matches this year, one to Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo and another in his comeback tournament in Acapulco to Horacio Zebellos.

"You could make the argument that he is the greatest player that ever lived," McEnroe said

On the comeback from injury, McEnroe said: "I'm very impressed he's able to come back as strong as he has. It's like he never missed a beat, which is amazing. When he left, we didn't know he was hurt. I didn't see it. I was doing the match when he lost in the second round of Wimbledon. I didn't see an indication that his knee was as bad, that he wouldn't play for seven months."

Williams has won four consecutive titles and a career-best 24 matches in a row. She will be the top seed next week trying to avenge a first-round loss in Paris a year ago and win at Roland Garros for only the second time.

Serena herself seems to agree with McEnroe’s dissection and said on Sunday that "The lady in the mirror is the ultimate opponent for me."

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