KEY POINTS

  • Nadal has won a record 12 titles at the French Open
  • He is once again the favorite to win this year
  • Medvedev says French Open is Nadal's trump card in the race to the most number of majors

Russia’s tennis superstar Daniil Medvedev has claimed that Rafael Nadal will have an advantage over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the race to record Grand Slam titles as beating the Spaniard still remains the toughest challenge in the sport.

The World No. 1 has clinched a mind-boggling 12 titles at the Rolland Garros and undoubtedly, he is again the favorite to win it this year. His arch-rivals Federer and Djokovic have managed to win just one French Open trophy each.

Speaking about clay court and Nadal’s dominance at Rolland Garros, Medvedev said, "I have not played against him on clay. It is not the best surface for me. But of course, when you look at the percentage of Nadal victories on the surface in general and Roland Garros in particular, it can definitely be described as the biggest challenge today.”

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer Djokovic of Serbia, Nadal of Spain and Federer of Switzerland are on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, Aug. 23, 2013. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Nadal, who has 19 Grand Slam titles under his belt, is one away from equalling Federer’s record of 20 in men’s Open era. The reigning champion might achieve the feat at the upcoming edition of French Open, which is scheduled to begin on May 24 and the final will be played on June 7.

While Medvedev does not want to predict who of the three legends – Nadal, Federer and Djokovic – will end with the most number of Grand Slams, he thinks French Open is definitely Nadal’s trump card in this race.

 “For the new generation, of which I am a part, it is interesting to see who will win the most [Grand Slams]. Yes, it is true that Rafa has an advantage called Roland Garros. You can keep winning there if your injuries are kind. You never know when they can arrive and any little detail counts,” the 23-year-old, who has so far won seven singles ATP titles, further added in a recent interview.