The defending French Open tennis champion, Rafael Nadal, heaped the pressure onto Novak Djokovic's shoulders on Thursday by insisting that the undefeated Serbian is the favourite to win at Roland Garros.

“I think he is the great favourite. He hasn't lost a match since the start of the year and he's playing in an incredible way,” said the five-time French Open champion and World No.3 Nadal on a visit to the Champs Elysees.

“I do not fear Djokovic, but you have to applaud his success since the beginning of the year. This will be very difficult to repeat. I admire what he has done.”

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Nadal also warned that his great rival Roger Federer, the 2009 champion and 16-time Major winner, should not be ruled out as a contender when Roland Garros gets underway on Sunday. — AFP

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