It is that time of the year, time to rate their Roland Garros. Who impressed, surprised and didn’t really turn up over the course of the fortnight in Paris?
Kei Nishikori – 5
Harsh? Maybe. Good to a point but to be honest I’m a bit bored of the theme at the moment for Kei. At majors it seems to be a case of make things difficult for yourself early on and when it comes to a top player it turns into a walk-over. It should be and needs to be better.
Amanda Anisimova – 9
Very good tournament from the teenager. Completed unexpected but she left it all out on court. To make her first major semi-final will do her the world of good. Her game was a true delight to watch as was her fearless approach in matches and she will have taken a lot away from here.
Stan Wawrinka – 8
He surprised me, very good performances in a tough draw with some big wins against Dimitrov and Tsitsipas. He pushed Federer well and has shown us that he can still tango at the biggest stage.
Karen Khachanov – 8
A pleasant surprise from Karen. Hasn’t done much since he won the Masters in Paris at the back end of last year and came in here with nothing backing him up. I liked what I saw from the Russian but his defeat against Thiem just highlighted a lack of movement and variety if he wants to go to the next level but is there to work on.
Naomi Osaka – 4
I felt like getting through the first two rounds she was riding her luck in all honesty. I never really felt the right attitude was there in all honesty, everything just seemed off the pace. I’m interested to see how she reacts coming into Wimbledon because since Melbourne it hasn’t been great.
Karolina Pliskova – 3
I was left dissappointed. I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw Pliskova play that badly. The win in Rome just reminded everyone she was here to contend but the defeat against Petra Martic was a big step back in her Grand Slam bid and has a lot of work to do in the next few weeks.
Sascha Zverev – 5
Another with a habit of making things difficult for himself. I think he played too much tennis coming in and nothing was new in his game. It was good to a point but after the first handful of games against Novak was badly off the mark.
Roger Federer – 9
He did everything he could have. I was impressed with his level of tennis throughout his stay and his first in some time here in Paris. Against Rafa he battled the best and the wind and left it all out there. Really positive tournament from Roger who I imagine will be back here next year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas – 6
A good tournament from Stefanos but I was left wanting more. He left it all out there as he does but I felt like he should have seen off Stan. 12 months ago he was pretty much unknown here so still plenty of positives.
Ash Barty – 10
I couldn’t give a lower score could I? Her tennis was so good and she really kept it together in nervy moments. That semi-final with Amanda was a rollercoaster but this felt more than just a Grand Slam title win it felt bigger than that.
Novak Djokovic – 8
He played flawless until he came to play Dominic Thiem. I said he didn’t looked focused and got involved in too much drama with the weather and the umpire but from a tennis point of view I didn’t feel like he played a game which would get close to Dominic.
Johanna Konta – 9
It would have been a 10 for Jo following her unimaginable run in Paris but it was left as a what could have been? The drive volley at 15-40 3-5 on set point could have ended so differently. Still an incredible tournament for the Brit.
Simona Halep – 7
A good tournament but I felt a little lost. Her performance in her defeat to Anisimova was worrying and from a more tactical side of things I really thought there is a big problem with her game right now which is something I will come onto.
Dominic Thiem – 9
He played so good. You can’t fault Dominic Thiem.
No one could have played better against Rafa and that may be a matter of opinion but for me it’s a fact. Thiem was the closest. We talk about younger players not having a Grand Slam breakthrough yet but 4 semi-finals in a row at Roland Garros and back to back finals, his time will come.
Marketa Vondrousova – 8
Was I surprised by her run? Yes. She has been in incredible form this year but at a major it does take something else. Was I surprised by her performance v Barty? No. Even against Konta in the semi-finals it felt like a lost performance. She took too long to get going in the final and I know nerves will play a part but her strong baseline game badly lacked variety but still an incredible achievement over the last couple of weeks.
Rafael Nadal – 10
What else do I need to say?
There were big doubts coming into Paris but as the song goes he did it his way.
His tennis was unmatched brilliance streets ahead of everyone else!