French Open Predictions

With the French Open being right around the corner and the draw fresh out, I’ll share my predictions and favorite to win it all on my men’s side. 8-time champion Rafael Nadal has regained the top seed this year after winning to title last year as a 3 seed but being the top seed may be just putting a bigger target on Rafa as he may have one of toughest draws as one of the top 4 seeds.
Potential opponents for Rafa include Nicolas Almagro, a fellow Spaniard and tremendous player on the clay when it comes to his heavy topspin ground strokes on both ends. Tommy Haas, who is not exactly known for his clay specialities but after finding a rebirth in his game, he is capable of upsetting ANYONE on any surface. Grigor Dimitrov, a player who has plenty of potential just waiting to explode, not sure if Roland Garros is the place where that will start but is definitely a player to keep eyes on. David Ferrer, another Spaniard whom Rafa met in the final last year is still looking for a grand slam title on his way out (whenever that may be) and with his grit and being the ultimate grinder that he is, the French may be his only hope.
The biggest threat in Rafa’s side of the draw is Stan the man (Stanlas Wawrinka). Stan is another player full of potential and was a player urging to own a grand slam and that urge was finally met when he was able to grab the Australian Open title to start off the year. Needless to say, Stan is looking to grab more titles this year as his ceiling rises and although he defeated a wounded Rafa in the final at Melbourne, that title was well earned, but expect Rafa to seek revenge if they match up in the semis especially in “Rafa’s house” at the French Open. Stan does not have a “cake walk” to Rafa as he may have to face Andy Murray and Gael Monfils. There are usually high expectations for Murray but since coming off his back surgery, he has been all of streaky with his results, so spectators are not quite sure what to expect from him but if healthy, expect good things.
The bottom half the draw is led by 2 seed Novak Djokovic and although he may be a favorite to make it to the finals by most, let’s just press the pause button here and look at the draw. Two names that automatically stick out and should are hometown favorite Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and arguably one of the greatest players tennis has even seen in Roger Federer. Now of lately, Jo has been another streaky players this year but playing in front of his home fans may help turn things around for the Frenchmen. It doesn’t take a tennis expert to see that Fed is past his prime, but that doesn’t mean he is past being a threat to other big names on tour and is desperate to prove he’s still capable of winning grand slams at 32. Now although physically, Roger can hang and beat the best, mentally he may not be there after his wife just gave birth to another set of twins, Fed wasn’t sure if he would even enter the French if the due date was close to the start of the tournament. So that may be a factor for Fed heading into Roland Garros.
As far as my favorite to win it all, it’s difficult not to pick the man that’s claimed the title 8 times. Although Rafa may be tested throughout the entire draw, that may be more good than bad. To be tested throughout and bringing the “A game” out every time may better than sleeping on opponents which can lead to possible upsets. So, my pick to win this years French Open is Rafael Nadal.
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