Will Djokovic Use His Monte-Carlo Win As A Blueprint For Success At Roland Garros?

Apr 23, 2013

Last week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 1000 final in Monaco provided most tennis fans with a taste of what many believe could be a dress rehearsal of the French Open finale at Roland Garros in 2013, world No.1 Novak Djokovic ended the amazing run of eight time Monte-Carlo champ Rafael Nadal and the Serb not only beat the champion Spaniard but he did so in straight sets at a tournament Rafa has owned for nearly a decade, the result was significant and could provide Novak’s team with the blueprint for success in Paris when the tournament commences late next month.

Of course there will be a group of people, Rafa’s team included, that will assume Nadal and his camp will now go away and come up with a strategy to disarm the Djokovic game plan, Uncle Toni has often been the mastermind behind Rafa fighting back from disappointing losses but the Djokovic threat at Roland Garros in 2013 is a very definite and real one which will ultimately threaten the King of Clay’s grip on the “The Musketeers’ Trophy”, these two great players will not be the only players in contention for a Grand Slam title in Paris of course but their chances will be discussed more than most as the build up to the French Open continues.

Novak’s win at Monte-Carlo must have given himself and his team extra self belief that he can now go on and claim the French Open title this year and complete a career Grand Slam in the process, the Serb’s victory and the manner of how it was achieved would have also planted the seed of doubt into Rafa and his supporters ahead of the big event at Roland Garros, Nadal has completed a fantastic return to the tour this year which culminated in his somewhat surprising title run at Indian Wells in March, after winning the unofficial fifth major in the Californian desert most tennis pundits were already predicting another French Open victory for Rafa in 2013, that didn’t seem too far off the mark at the time but Nole’s victory at the Monte-Carlo Country Club may have made quite a few rethink their earlier predictions.

Nadal is a seven time champion at Roland Garros and he should still start favourite when the tournament commences on 26 May 2013 but the threat posed by Djokovic is becoming bigger and bigger by the day, obviously there is still a lot of “what if’s” to take place before we even talk about a potential Djokovic v Nadal final in Paris, for example….what if they end up on the same side of the draw?….what if one of them gets beaten before the final?….what if injury besets one or both of them? Even the most ardent fans of Roger Federer, Andy Murray and co. would probably admit to secretly hoping for a Djokovic/Nadal finale at Roland Garros in 2013, it may not even eventuate on the 9th day of June this year but if it does it will be interesting to see if team Djokovic uses last week’s victory at Monte-Carlo as the blueprint for success at Roland Garros.

Written by: Tono

(2) Comments

Adunar says:
Apr 26, 2013

Djokovic definitely made a point ing the Monte-Carlo final: “If you’re not 100%, I’m going to beat you and even if you are fit, I will make it very painful for you”.

That would be a great final. But Rafa will be seeded 5th so they could already meet in the quarterfinals. I think that wouldn’t be a shame. At least we will see a great match.

But I think there will be a HUGE upset at the French this year. I don’t know what it will be, who will be concerned but I have an intuition ;)

Tono says:
May 8, 2013

Yep he sure did Adunar but now he goes and undoes all that good work with a first up loss in Madrid to Dimitrov, the Rome Masters might be an important tournament now for Novak I think.

The excitement is building as we head towards Roland Garros!! ;)

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