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French Open Preview and Predictions

Posted on: May 21, 2010 5:56 pm
 

Even though the French Open is not the most popular of the four Grand Slams, there are many storylines on both sides that could bring an entertaining two weeks of tennis to Roland Garros. Let's start on the Men's side:

The favorite is the man that the French have come to adopt as their own in Rafael Nadal. Last year, we all remember the scene of a heartbreaking loss for Nadal in the 4th Round to Robin Soderling. Now, Rafa seems to be healthy and you know he wants to take back the title that Roger Federer finally won a year ago. Nadal and Federer battled it out a week ago in Madrid with Rafa winning a tight two-setter. However, the court in Madrid was not the same as the one in Paris. Nadal's draw is not easy with Lleyton Hewitt in Round 3, but then he would have to take on the winner of possibly Verdasco and Gonzalez in the quarterfinals. Verdasco is a guy that I believe can make a big run down the line and win a Slam within the next year or two because he has developed a game on all surfaces.

As for the new leader in all-time grand slams, Roger Federer will not have an easy time at Roland Garros either. He has a draw that could include the likes of Montanes, Monfils, or Robin Soderling, who he seems to own in Grand Slam tournaments. However, keep an eye on Ernests Gulbis in the 3rd Round, who beat Federer earlier in the clay court season and played three three-setters with him. However, in a best of five, you have to take Federer right now like the pasting he gave Davydenko after the Russian beat him in London before the Australian Open. The American hope Andy Roddick can have a deep run with all the withdrawls on the men's side, but can also lose his first round match to the Fin Niemenan being that Andy hasn't participated in a clay event all year.

If you are looking for some sleepers, look at the Spaniard David Ferrer. Ferrer is making his run into the Top Ten and had a good showing in Madrid. Also, he leads the ATP in clay-court victories in 2010. With him in Djokovic's quarter of the draw, Ferrer has a great chance to make the semifinals. Also, look at Nicolas Almagro, who gave Nadal a run for his money in Madrid including breaking his serve four times. An American sleeper would be Sam Querrey who would be Ferrer's 3rd Round opponent as well as John Isner, who has had a solid clay court season and has risen to number 17 in the world.

On the Women's side, its down to two main favorites in Justine Henin and Serena Williams. Unfortunately, if all good things take place, Henin and Serena will battle in the quarterfinals. The last time these two played at Roland Garros was in Henin's French Open run in 2007 where she beat Serena in a controversial match that made Serena tear up during her postgame press conference. Henin has slowly gone back to form winning a tournament in Stuttgart. However, Henin has the possibility of dealing with Sharapova, Stosur, and Serena from the 3rd Round-Quarterfinal stretches. As for the bottom of the draw, Venus WIlliams is back to number two, but she is not a strong clay court player. I look for Kuznetsova or Jankovic to come from the bottom part of the draw.

The main sleeper for me on that side is the Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai. She is on the bottom part of the draw as well, so its more than likely a sleeper comes out of the bottom part with Wozniacki and Safina's troubles as well as Ivanovic and Dementieva's inconsistencies. Rezai won a week ago in Madrid over Venus Williams in the final, who is now the number two player in the world. So, look for the hometown Frenchwoman to make some noise in Paris

Predictions:

Men's Winner: Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer
Women's Winner: Justine Henin over Svetlana Kuznetsova

Thanks for the read and Enjoy the Tennis !

Category: Tennis
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Since: May 21, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2010 12:27 pm
 

French Open Preview and Predictions

My prediction for the champion is Nadal. It will be Federer and Nadal in the finals but i have a gut feeling that Nadal will win it. He getting back to the Nadal I know and like. Playing Hewitt right now and looks pretty good in this match. Well have to wait and see.


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