World number one Rafael Nadal believes a lot more players should have won Grand Slams over the past decade, eir sport report.

Nadal is set to take on Maximilian Marterer in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday after defeating Richard Gasquet in the third round.

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The Spaniard, along with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, have dominated the major tournaments over the past ten years, with Nadal specialising in triumphing at Roland Garros.

Talking after his win over Gasquet, Nadal revealed how he thinks a number of players without Grand Slam success including Gasquet should have picked up a major over the past ten years.

Between three, four players almost all the Grand Slams went that way over the last ten years, so it was difficult for the others. So I feel there is a lot of players that should win at least one, and they didn’t.

Many believe that Nadal’s biggest challenger for the French Open crown is young German Alexander Zverev, who also hasn’t tasted success in a Grand Slam and could be Nadal’s opponent in the final if the pair make it that far.

Could Nadal’s comments come back to haunt him this year? Only time will tell.