It all comes down to a fortnight in Paris…
A year ago saw Rafael Nadal clinch La Decima as he picked up his 10th Roland Garros title and now all eyes turn to No.11
Over the last 6 weeks or so we have learnt a lot on the clay courts across Europe.
Rafael Nadal’s blip in Madrid against Dominic Thiem raised questions over the Spaniard’s performance but also raised expectations on Dominic Thiem who is off to Lyon surprisingly this week.
During this period we have seen the improvements of Nishikori and Djokovic with the latter looking the sharper where as I think Kei needs more time.
Time is the key and for Stan Wawrinka I don’t think this will be his time. A first round exit in Rome and a week in Geneva have come a little too late for the former champion.
The challenge is Nadal over 5 sets. These last few weeks he has had players come close to him but over a best of 5 sets is a totally different challenge.
Djokovic and Fognini did well in Rome but over 5?
That is the challenge. I’ve narrowed it down to two players. Dominic Thiem (who beat Rafa in Madrid) and Alex Zverev. Thiem knows what he needs to do against Rafa on clay but five sets provides a big challenge!
Zverev has the most tour wins this season and his form of late has been exceptional! He slides around and covers the court well playing attacking tennis from behind the baseline, opening up the court with his forehand and going for shots with the backhand.
There will be challenges but will there be a consistent challenge over 5 sets? I don’t see it, I see this happening again!