The French open promises to be an intriguing one more than ever before. In the years gone by Rafael Nadal has been somewhat unbeatable on his beloved clay but this season in the build up to the grand slam he has come up short 3 times on his favourite surface. Is Nadal still the favourite to win? with Djokovic vying for the career grand slam his motivation levels will be sky high and having beaten Nadal recently in Rome he will definitely be up for the fight on close inspection of the draw Nadal seems to have the tougher run up with potential quarter final with the road runner David Ferrer. Im not much of a gambler but if i was i wouldnt bet against those 2 clashing again in the final.
That’s about it for the favourites, but who else can put up a fight? First name on anyone’s lips if you talk about tennis has to be Roger Federer. I know its a cliche but class is permanent form is temporary therefore you can never discount Federer when it comes to tennis he has to be part of the debate when it comes to winning tournaments and he definitely has a draw which might just aid him. Up next comes Andy Murray he hasn’t been as good on clay as on other surfaces but he clearly showed in Rome that on his day he is a match for anyone anywhere in the world. Stanislas Wawrinka has been great so far this year even though he has not been very consistent yet he has shined at the biggest of stages and by winning the Monte Carlo Masters he proved that the Austrailian Open wasn’t just a fluke. If he does produce the tennis he played at Monte Carlo he will be a handful for anyone.
Lastly the outsiders, David Ferrer has been one of the most consistent player on tour for the last 4-5 years but he has consistently come up short in the big matches against the big guns of tennis but you never know what might happen in any sport on any given day. Tomas Berdych has the game to dismantle any player anywhere. His groundstrokes are at times untouchable it seems. Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov are the two young guns to look out for in this tournament both of them have come a long way with their contrasting style of plays. Grigor with his swagger and stylish ground strokes while Kei with his solidity and mobility on the court have taken the tennis world by storm this year and are now fulfilling what has been expected of them. One last name which i think is going to be a tennis great in the future and might bring surprises soon enough is Nick Kyrgios. He is definitely a future potential star. Even though hes facing the world number 8 Milos Raonic in the first round i wouldn’t dare missing that match it’s going to be a cracker.
For further entertainment there is going to be Gael Monfils, Ernests Gulbis and Jerzy Janowicz. This year the French open is definitely be worth watching with all these players involved and with all whats happened in the recent past one of the most difficult to predict for the last decade or so. Exciting stuff for sure.