Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic we’ll all be aiming to add to the Grand Slam titles in Paris.
Federer and Nadal have 20, Djokovic is catching up but is on 18. Only one will have a chance of making the final in Roland-Garros as all three have been placed in the same half of the draw.
Djokovic’ road to No.19
Novak Djokovic’ preparations for Paris have been different to usual. Unusual performance against Evans in Monte-Carlo, he slipped up big time in Belgrade against Karatsev, didn’t play in Madrid, lost in the Rome final and in Belgrade has been playing in the week leading up to Paris.
When most players go to Paris and have around a week on the Parisian clay the weekend before the world number one is still in Belgrade.
I do think things are boiling and could bubble over. It has been an unusual clay court season.
Do I think that Novak Djokovic will win in Paris? I look at Djokovic’ draw and I do think he should cruise to the final eight:
R1 – Sandgren
R2 – Pouille/Cuevas
R3 – Humbert
R4 – Goffin/Musetti/De Minaur
I think he should come through to the final eight pretty much unscathed. It’s then when it potentially could get tricky on projected draw:
QF – Berrettini/Federer
SF – Nadal/Rublev
F – Thiem/Zverev
A very tough path, potentially Nadal and Federer before we even think of the final. I said earlier in the piece I don’t think he will win in Paris but it would be silly to rule him out!
Nadal aims for history and a 14th Roland Garros title
Every year is seems to be the same question and the same answer, Rafael Nadal ending his time in Paris with a trophy.
The high standards he has set over the years leaves every defeat under the microscope, he won Barcelona and Rome this year but people will still focus on the slip ups in Monte-Carlo and Madrid
I do think he has an interesting draw, he could play some exciting players on his way to the final eight:
R1 – Popyrin
R2 – Gasquet/Gaston
R3 – Norrie/Sonego/L.Harris
R4 – Monfils/Sinner/Ramos-Vinolas
Potentially some fun and tricky opponents early on. If it was me, I would like to avoid Hugo Gaston and Cam Norrie in the first three rounds.
From there on in, things could get tricky…
QF – Rublev
SF – Djokovic/Federer
F – Thiem/Zverev
If anyone can do this, it is Rafael Nadal… just a reminder, Nadal has won 27 of his 28 matches against opponents ranked inside the top 10 at Roland Garros.
Will Federer climb to the peak again?
There was a time when Roger Federer stood with 20 Grand Slam titles at the peak at mens tennis alone, now he has Nadal for company with Djokovic getting closer but will Federer find his way to the peak of mens tennis again?
Federer hasn’t played a Grand Slam or best of five set match since the 30th of January 2020 when he lost to Djokovic in straight sets at the Australian Open.
Is this tournament too soon for him? Yes I think so. One match in Geneva is all he has under his belt on the clay courts this year, I am slightly surprised that he is playing in Paris in all honesty.
With the greatest of respect to Federer I think the question is more, how long will Federer be active in the draw for rather than will he compete?
R1 – Istomin
R2 – Cilic
R3 – Sousa/Fritz
R4 – Berrettini
QF – Djokovic
SF – Nadal
F – Zverev/Thiem