MADRID (AFP) - Rafael Nadal insisted on Wednesday that capturing a 10th French Open was not a personal obsession but the tournament where he has only lost twice since 2005 remains a personal favourite.
The 29-year-old Spaniard is a nine-time champion at Roland Garros where he has a 70-2 record but his grip on the title was loosened in 2015 in the quarter-finals by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the midst of his worst season in a decade.
"It's a special tournament for me and is always a highlight on the calendar but without obsession," the world No. 5 told Cadena Ser radio. "The important thing is that I enjoy the tournament. I'm happy when I play, I feel competitive against everybody and that's what makes me happy."
He will not be favourite for this year's French Open which gets underway on Sunday but he remains a danger having won the clay-court titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona this year.