Two weeks of tennis in unusual circumstances at Roland Garros nears conclusion. Three weeks of tennis which began with qualifying has whittled down day by day from the 256 singles players who began at the beginning of the last week to the final four as this weekend champions will be crowned but who will it be?
Sofia Kenin vs Iga Swiatek
Unexpected finalists but totally brilliant throughout the last few weeks.
Sofia Kenin could end her 2020 season winning two Grand Slam titles and she has been great to watch. I do find her serve motion fascinating, the way she doesn’t look up at the ball but it’s propelling her to success. After winning in Melbourne people tipped it a fluke and that was unfair, I am a big believer of the phrase in tennis “you can only beat who is in front of you” and Sofia does that.
She plays with her personality on the court, there is a intensity but also a speed to what she is doing. Let’s not forgot a couple of weeks ago the American got thumped 0-6 0-6 by Victoria Azarenka in Rome and that takes some coming back from and she’s done it in style.
Another player who has done it in style is Iga Swiatek, the Polish teenager has averaged about 70 minutes a match on the court over the last couple of weeks.
Last year at Roland Garros it was far from this as the then 18 year old lost 1-6 0-6 in 45 minutes to Simona Halep, it was just last Sunday the 19 year old defeated Simona Halep with ease and perfection.
I like a lot about Iga’s game, a lot of talk has been about the power she possesses and it is great to see her strike the ball through the court and scope on her forehand is what she will look to dictate from.
Winner? Tough to call, Kenin has more experience in this situation but she will be labelled a slight favourite this time around but I do think we could see Iga win on Saturday!
Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic
Of course we were going to get to this conclusion, limited tennis for Rafa since tennis returned having not travelled to New York and Djokovic’s time in New York ended sour but who will win in Paris?
A win for Rafael Nadal will put him level with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam singles title whilst Novak Djokovic is looking for his 18th and another chance to close the gap.
It is the 56th meeting between the two, but how do the numbers line-up?
Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal
Wins – 29 vs 26
Grand Slam Finals – 4 vs 4
Matches at Roland Garros – 1 vs 6
It is difficult to say who has the advantage, the conditions suit Djokovic who can hit the ball much more flatter and direct and the low bounce suits him but Rafa despite conditions and the new ball has still found the height from the top-spin.
This will be their eighth meeting in Paris and their first in five years. Nadal of course boasts a stunning record of 99 wins to 2 defeats in Paris but one of his defeats was to Djokovic in 2015 but Novak went onto lose to Stan in the final?
Who has this? Tough to go against Nadal, the question was how up to speed is Nadal but he is looking sharp! Novak has had some issues as the event has gone on but can he finally topple Nadal who has never lost in the semi’s of finals in Paris?