PARIS (AFP) - Rafael Nadal said on Friday that he "doesn t care" if he's the red-hot favored to raise a document-extending 12th French Open name at Roland Garros, insisting that there are a number of gamers in contention for the trophy.

the sector quantity two holds an notable French Open win-loss document of 86-2, and hit pinnacle form by using winning his 9th Italian Open last week with a very last victory over vintage rival Novak Djokovic.

Nadal ought to flow to inside two titles of Roger Federer s all-time men s document of 20 Grand Slam trophies if he lifts the Coupe des Mousquetaires on June nine.

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"I don t care if I m the fave," he said. "I care approximately feeling well and gambling properly.

"I appreciate which you (the media) see me like that, however (Dominic) Thiem, Novak (Djokovic), Federer, Tsitsipas who has been playing well, (Juan Martin) del Potro, (Kei) Nishikori -- all those which can be the great within the global may be favourites.

"The handiest factor that issues me is being well and being competitive.

"The most effective favourite that subjects is the one who has the cup at home in weeks  time."

earlier than his triumph in Rome, it have been a ways from an indicator clay-courtroom season for Nadal.

The Spaniard failed in his bids for twelfth titles in each Monte Carlo and Barcelona, in which he misplaced within the semi-finals to Fabio Fognini and Thiem respectively.

some other final-four go out followed on home soil in Madrid in opposition to Greek rising superstar Tsitsipas.

Nadal admits it took him time to rediscover his top form after a one-month absence with the right knee harm which compelled him to withdraw from Indian Wells earlier than a scheduled semi-final towards Federer.

"whilst you re getting better from an harm it s additionally difficult to recover mentally," he stated. "I had not had that for a long time.

"losing in the semi-finals is taken into consideration bad... Without playing specially nicely on the begin of the clay season.

"you have to have the humility to value small improvements. For me, one very tremendous thing was that earlier than I commenced Rome, it changed into no longer a disaster -- I d made three semi-finals.

"It s not exquisite, but it s now not a complete catastrophe either."

Nadal, who faces a qualifier in the first round however should meet Federer or Tsitsipas in a capability semi-very last clash, changed into pleased to break out from the court docket after his Rome success.

"i have been at domestic, at some point of golf, at some point of own family, and got here again here.

"(I ve) already had two practices here. Top practices. (I m) just trying to continue the guidance and just maintain the extent."

but Nadal will not be over-confident in the first week, pointing to his well-known shock early Wimbledon defeats by using Steve Darcis and Dustin Brown.

"The problem with Dustin Brown is that if I play badly, I lose to every person," he said. "In 2015, i used to be playing badly, it was normal to lose to a risky player on grass.

"I additionally misplaced to Darcis in 2013. It s part of the game. While one plays badly he usually loses."

but Nadal has best misplaced to 2 men at Roland Garros given that his successful debut in 2005 -- in opposition to the now-retired Robin Soderling and this year s pinnacle seed Djokovic, who he ought to face within the final because the Serbian chases a fourth consecutive Grand Slam crown.