French Open 2019, men's singles preview: Rafael Nadal favourite to win 12th title

When Rafael Nadal lifted the French Open trophy back in the year 2005, it looked like the first of many. But it didn't look like the first of 6, 7...10 or 11, did it?

The Spaniard's stranglehold over the sport's only clay-court major has filled the pages of several eulogies and history books, but it still isn't easy to wrap your head around that. 11 Roland Garros titles just sound unbelievable, no matter how many times you hear it.

Can Nadal force us to suspend our disbelief even further by making it 12 French Open trophies? He is the player to beat at the Roland Garros once again this year, just as he's been every year for the last decade and a half.
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