Rafa & Serena Favourites Again At Roland Garros

May 20, 2013

World No.4 and seven time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and the undisputed women’s world No.1 Serena Williams will again start as favourites at Roland Garros in 2013, with a few notable exceptions Nadal has swept all before him this season including back to back titles on clay in Madrid and Rome as he relaunches his claim for the No.1 spot once more, Williams has been even more impressive winning her last four tournaments and both players will now clearly start the popular Paris tournament as warm favourites to win their respective singles titles.

Rafa has already built an unmatched legacy at Roland Garros by winning seven of the last eight titles but Serena is yet to establish any real dominance on the Parisian clay and the native from Michigan will surely be focused and ready to add another French Open crown to her long list of achievements, most tennis pundits are predicting a two horse race in the men’s championship between Nadal and world No.1 Novak Djokovic but William’s penchant for early round upsets in Paris will have many of her supporters a little concerned.

Rafa and Serena are the favourites for the French Open and they are currently the two dominant figures in world tennis, so who or what will stop this dynamic duo from winning their respective men’s and women’s championships in 2013? Obviously Djokovic looks to be Nadal’s main threat to achieving more glory in Paris but there is also a little matter of Rafa’s knee, the champion Spaniard doesn’t appear to be suffering at all from any lingering problems but funny things can and often do happen at the majors, Williams will be hoping that she receives a kind draw early so she can avoid any shock upsets in the early rounds, there is also the small matter of Serena being plagued by injury when she is the hot favourite at these big events, nobody knows when illness or injury will strike even the best players so although Rafa and Serena will start warm favourites at yet another French Open it is not just the quality players they will face that could bring them down.

I’m certain we will see some entertaining tennis at the second Grand Slam event of 2013, I’m looking forward to a great tournament, who are you picking friends and why?

Written by: Tono

(2) Comments

Don—2013-Yoda-Cup-Guru says:
Jun 5, 2013

Pretty nice analysis there, Tony. As we’ve moved through the tourney, we’ve seen a strange counterpoint between the favorites, however.

Rafa started off playing badly by his standards, which was odd given how well he played in the last two rounds in Rome. Rafa looked very vulnerable.

Serena started off looking like only a great player could win more than a couple of games off her in a match. She looked unbeatable.

Everything changes. In the last two rounds, it is Rafa who has looked unbeatable. He now faces the challenge of his greatest (only?) rival on clay: Novak Djokovic, the #1 player in the world. Nole has the speed, stamina & flexibility to contend. If his down the line backhand is firing, he presents some real problems Rafa will have to dig deep to find a way to solve.

Serena stumbled badly in her last match. She was VERY lucky to get past Sveta Kuznetsova, who does have the game to give Serena problems if she is playing well. This was clearly & by far the highest level of any women’s match in the tourney thus far. Serena still looks the odds on favorite to win, but it is far from in the bag. Another bad day will surely lead to another disappointment for Serena at Roland Garros.

The match of the tournament so far, in my opinion at least, is coming up next & it’s not Rafa v. Nole!!! David Ferrer and Jo Tsonga have a chance to make their first final in a slam. Personally, I’m rooting hard for Ferrer, but not as hard as the crowd will be rooting for Jo. It should be a classic between two players who it’s hard not to love.

Tono says:
Jun 7, 2013

Thanks for your comments Don. :)
You are right we do have two great men’s semi-finals coming up but I’m sure you will recall that Jo-Willy made the AO final in 2008 so he will be gunning for his second GS final, but his first in Paris though of course.

Hopefully we get to see some quality tennis in both of the semi-finals, I’m sure at least one of them will be close to a classic, at least I hope so anyway.

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