With Rafael Nadal badly out of form surely there’s no better time for Novak Djokovic to win Roland Garros? It is the only Grand Slam tournament missing from his collection but statistically it is his worst slam with an 80% win percentage which isn’t bad at all but is yet to win the clay court tournament due to the domination of Rafael Nadal in France.
Novak has come so close to winning the tournament in the past with appearances in the final in 2012 and 2014 but one man has always stood in his way, Rafael Nadal. Nadal will go into the tournament seeded at 6th as Milos Raonic has pulled out of the tournament! A seeding this low could mean he could play one of the big players in the early rounds.
If there’s one word you could use to describe Novak’s year so far then that word is domination. He has titles to his name this year including three Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo, Indian Wells and Miami and won the Australian Open. He has been simply unstoppable this year and the only players on current form you could say have a chance of beating him is most likely Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
If Novak is going to win Roland Garros he is going to have to do it the hard way. The opening couple of rounds have been quite kind to Novak with his biggest test before the quarter finals being Kokkinakis or Gasquet.
As you can see above the quarter finals is where it gets interesting. If he’s going to win the title then he most likely will have beat the rest of the ‘top four’. Nadal in the quarter finals, Murray in the semi-finals and Federer in the final!
Can Djokovic finally win Roland Garros?